• Into the Abyss (2011)

Into the Abyss

Release Date: November 11th, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2012

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.

Director: Werner Herzog

Genres: Documentary , Crime drama

Production Co: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Spring Films, Creative Differences

Keywords: Emotional, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90

    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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 80
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

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

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