Into The Abyss Reviews

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April 11, 2012
April 9, 2012
Herzog's engrossing examination of a real life triple murder demonstrates that evil doesn't reside only on death row.
April 1, 2012
It is a film full of despair, but it's also compelling, and Herzog's interview with a death-row groupie towards the end of the film provides a horribly grim punchline.
March 31, 2012
Werner Herzog's documentary about a triple murder in Texas is a compelling reflection on capital punishment.
March 30, 2012
The honesty of the flesh, the absurdity of the sacred, the enduring equivalence of meaninglessness that all men share. Into the Abyss: a Tale of Death, a Tale of Life finds its foothold here.
March 30, 2012
The film trawls the bottomless depth of hopeless criminals as much as it examines the "correctional" system.
March 30, 2012
Compulsive.
March 30, 2012
A powerful, poignant film.
March 29, 2012
[Forces] viewers to face complex questions about society, justice and the sanctity of life.
March 29, 2012
It's a decent film, though I felt that a clearer, sharper light could have been cast on the defendants themselves.
March 29, 2012
The extensive use of lurid crime scene videos and subtitles set in a naff typewriter font sit uneasily with the director's opposition to capital punishment.
March 29, 2012
When Tolstoy said all unhappy families are unhappy in their own ways, perhaps he was thinking of Texas. But even he reckoned without the rich, extraordinary complexities of unhappiness chronicled in Herzog's film.
March 29, 2012
Moving and thought-provoking in equal measure. A Herzog doc of the highest order.
March 28, 2012
Offers a convincing and depressing critique of capital punishment in the US while somehow managing to find a glimmer of hope in what Herzog calls the urgency of life.
March 27, 2012
The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty.
March 20, 2012
Less a polemic than a sombre sifting-through of the collateral damage that collects in concentric circles around an execution.
March 19, 2012
Herzog's tapestry testifies to life's light from death's darkness.
February 24, 2012
February 23, 2012
Yet another intriguing and surprising film from this ever-fascinating documentarian.
February 20, 2012
A haunting portrayal of people who are neither completely innocent nor wholly evil, and the terrible price of killing, whether in the pursuit of a sports car or in the name of justice.
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