Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog ('Cave of Forgotten Dreams,' 'Grizzly Man') 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.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Documentary,Special Interest
- Run Time: 106min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 11/11/2011
- DVD Release Date: 04/10/2012
- Distributor(s): IFC Films
- Themes: Crime Sprees,Facing Death
- Tone: Confrontational,Intimate,Meditative,Reflective,Somber,Understated,Visceral
capital-punishment, death, death-row, execution, justice, prison, punishment
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-11-2011)
- Language: English