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Into The Abyss Reviews

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February 20, 2014
This is one of the saddest film experiences I have been through in many years. To see so much sorrow and grief and despair within the same 20 miles of land is heartbreaking. Whether by luck or by hard work, Herzog finds and shows us a gem of documentary filmmaking. This might be my favorite work from him.
February 16, 2014
Beautiful and haunting in so many ways.
February 7, 2014
Shocked at the overwhelmingly positive reviews on this documentary. There is a good film in here somewhere, but its buried beneath terrible editing, shots that linger on for what seems like an eternity. All you have to do is watch the first 5 minutes of this movie, the priest finishes his bit, and then the camera lingers pointlessly on his face for (I'm not kidding) A FULL MINUTE. This type of blatant run-time padding cannot possibly deserve a 91% from critics. This is a 45 minute documentary with a run-time of 1:31.
December 30, 2013
Another solid documentary from the great Werner Herzog charting a triple homicide in America and focussing on defendants, their families and the families of the victims for a fully rounded portrayal of violent crime and it's affects. Often only probing with questions when necessary Herzog allows fully rounded responses from all concerned, never mocking and never glorifying any aspect in a well rounded, albeit shocking, look at an emotional subject.
½ December 21, 2013
Herzog wisely holds back on the 'Herzog' in this bleak and multi-faceted look at the death penalty.
December 16, 2013
Without taking sides, Werner Herzog's new documentary examines crime and punishment in the United States by following the story of Michael Perry and Jason Burketts killing of three people in order to steal thier vehicle, for which they were found guilty. One was sentenced to death row and the other recieved life. The film does not glorify or exploit any aspect of its subject matter. It uses intimate interviews and crime scene video to lay out all facts and feelings , from all sides.
From victims to criminals to executioner they all play a part on this canvas. A must see....
½ December 15, 2013
One of his best documentaries, and a beautiful film. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Such strange, interesting people.
½ November 8, 2013
Fascinating but grim documentary about death row in Texas.
November 5, 2013
Here's a question: Is Herzog now officially the best doco maker in the world? He constructs his tales carefully and purposefully and this one is no different. He brings in characters really late again to pull the story in different directions, but leaves the viewer the space to adjust and change their minds on the issues at play. Herzog's interview techniques might rile some viewers, but I think he usually is spot on. Somehow he manages to give the interviewees exactly the right freedom to come out with the most telling of quotes, without allowing anybody to lose focus. The only gap in this particular movie is the omission of Perry's relatives. I assume they didn't want to be interviewed, but they would've been essential in illuminating his character and backstory. Otherwise a great film and a worthy contribution to the polemic on capital punishment.
October 25, 2013
Beautifully disturbing.
½ October 16, 2013
A fascinating & challenging documentary by master Werner Herzog (who brought us Grizzly Man a few years earlier)

A psychological study of 2 men on death row & the facts of the crime that lead them there, & it's not easy watching.

Filled with confronting facts & interviews this documentary digs deep & although in many places doesn't give answers it's interesting none the less. A relevant, honest & hard hitting film....very compelling.
October 10, 2013
Stunning and poignant.
Sometimes we promote a movie just by saying that its based on real life. But after looking at a person who was executed 8 days after the movie was shot knowing that he knew that he was going to die in 8 days and seeing his reaction to all of it. It was a terrific experience. In a way reminded me so much of my favorite director Ingmar Bergman cause it mirrored his way of moving into the troubled consciousness, the uncomfortable zone we always avoid, the perspectives and constructs we fail to see or sometimes choose to overlook in favor of more accessible philosophies.
½ September 19, 2013
take a look at the Michael perry website then re watch this
½ September 18, 2013
Amazing film, that really makes you think.
½ September 17, 2013
Unbelievably dumb. Herzog's simple-minded questions seem to make the people interviewed in the film feel sorry for Herzog's odd na´vetÚ.

So disappointing.
September 12, 2013
A haunting film about murder and the idea of death row and how ethical is it. It's got a chilling story with a chilling soundtrack. Video documentaries of police investigations of the house after the murders and the story of how it was done. It's a great documentary. It shows the horrors of murder but also shows the haunting idea of death row and what it's like. I was so interested from beginning to end. It was such a chilling experience. I never felt so shaken in fear and awe some people could kill and what was shown is truly unforgettable. Families victims being interviews are tragic and is so sad and tragic. It's so horrifying to hear the victims stories of how they figured out what had happened to their lost loved ones. It is tragic and gave me goosebumps. One of the most impacting documentaries I have seen in a long time.
½ September 11, 2013
Emotionally heart provoking documentary from Werner Herzog. Not the easiest of viewing, but pretty essential
September 10, 2013
A little too deep but decent overall.
August 3, 2013
This is a really interesting and well done movie looking at capital punishment. Its subjects are 2 convicted killers who murdered 3 people for a car. The film asks though they are guilty of these atrocious crimes, do they need to be murdered in turn. Very interesting stuff that is certainly thought-provoking. I always enjoy Werner Herzog's documentaries. This is a must watch!
August 2, 2013
Werner Herzog did a brilliant job telling this story. The film shows empathy and does it without judging the players. Herzog does a great job of interviewing subjects trying to rationalize their lives and trying to prove their innocence.
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