Into the Abyss

Rated PG-13 107 minutes 2011

“Why does God allow capital punishment?” asks filmmaker Werner Herzog to the chaplain of the Texas prison where this documentary goes to visit death row inmates. Good question. Master doc-maker Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) gets some astounding footage, interviewing jailbirds and a retired executioner who just couldn’t take it anymore, but the most powerful mini-portrait in this disheartening film is of Michael Perry, a boyish convicted killer scheduled to die by lethal injection. He murdered three people essentially for the keys to a red Camaro, then left behind a mountain of forensic evidence. Covers much the same ground as other death row movies, but with the Herzog difference. (107 min.)

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Director: Werner Herzog

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