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Into the Abyss 2011
PG-13

  • Werner Herzog
  • November 11, 2011
  • 105 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Documentary
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog returns with INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill--and why the state kills. 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), the filmmaker 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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Today I was in a mood for a documentary, and what a great one! Nothing impressive or original but so simple, interesting and well made.
Tells the story of Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, two men that are involved in the murder of 3 people just because they wanted to steal a car. Perry was in death row and Burkett is serving a life sentence.
This was made 8 days before Michael Perry was executed. He was on the death row convicted for the murder of Sandra Stotler and he was a suspect for the killing of Sandra's son and a friend of his son. Burkett was convicted to life sentence for being an accomplice of the murders.
Mostly consists of interviews from the two convicts, the family of the victims, a reverend who stays with the criminals while they are being executed, a executioner, the father of Burkett's (who is also in jail) and Burkett's wife. All of them talk about the way they feel about death penalty and why they think this two young men commited this crime for such a stupid material thing as a car. It also shows a police video footage where the murder took place.
I guess the main point of this documentary is trying to understand why people kill and why the state kills. This is passed in Texas where 40% of all US executions are made.
This is a very complicated subject and this thought-provoking documentary definitely will make you think about it. It's worth watching, no matter what you think about death penalty.

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very good, a must see!
if u want 2 b a human being, its necessary 2 open ur eyes...

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