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Into the Abyss (2011)


In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Into the Abyss (2011)

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Released Year: 2011
Runtime: 105 minutes
Genre: Crime, Documentary
Directors: Werner Herzog
Writers: Werner Herzog

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In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

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Reviews


100
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Into the Abyss may be the saddest film Werner Herzog has ever made. It regards a group of miserable lives, and in finding a few faint glimmers of hope only underlines the sadness.
90
Movieline - Unnamed
Into the Abyss, which bears the subtitle "A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life," reveals itself to be an outlandish, compassionate and, at times, improbably buoyant film about life's capacity for grief and horror and about how it bubbles on miraculously in the face of such things. It's the best thing Herzog's done in years.
88
Slant Magazine - Bill Weber
Underlying the occasionally harrowing, consistently mournful tone is a philosophy that, more than being explicitly anti-capital punishment, puts both family ties and the social contract at the center of people's self-worth.
83
The A.V. Club - Scott Tobias
His film powerfully suggests that violent death of any kind, whether personal or state-mandated, transforms everyone in its vicinity.
80
The Hollywood Reporter - Sheri Linden
But above all it's a portrait of stunned grief, of the devastation families endure, whether through violence, accidents, illness or incarceration.

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