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Into the Abyss

Release Date: November 11th, 2011

PG-13|1 hr. 47 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Werner Herzog explores capital punishment through interviews with convicted killers, their victims' families, and members of the Texas criminal justice system.

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Genres: Documentary, Crime drama

Distributor: IFC Films

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  • Into the Abyss is a true-crime drama, to be sure, but in Herzog's hands it becomes something much more: an inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional. show more

  • But above all it's a portrait of stunned grief, of the devastation families endure, whether through violence, accidents, illness or incarceration. show more

  • 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. show more

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