over 4 years
Herzog gets some great interviews, but ultimately loses me with pretentious overreaching.
over 5 years
Definitely interesting if you enjoy crime documentaries.
over 6 years
Extremely elaborate and intricate documentary on death row. Lots of intertwined characters
over 7 years
Don't murder anyone, kids.
Into the Abyss, subtitled A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life is a documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog about two men convicted of a triple homicide which occurred in Conroe, Texas. Michael Perry received a death sentence for the crime, and Jason Burkett received a life sentence. The film focuses on the two convicts and various people affected by the crime.
The film first showed on September 3, 2011, at the Telluride Film Festival, and its official world premiere on September 8, 2011, at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. After strong festival showings and a surge of interest in the issue capital punishment in America, Herzog requested that the film be rushed to a general theatrical release, scheduled for November 11, 2011.
The film profiles Michael Perry, a man on death row convicted of a triple homicide which occurred in Conroe, Texas, and his accomplice Jason Burkett. Perry was convicted ten years earlier of the murders, apparently committed in order to...