Into the Abyss (2011)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Law & Crime, Social Issues  |   Release Date - Nov 11, 2011 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Germany , United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog uses a disturbing triple homicide that took place in Conroe, Texas, as a springboard to exploring capital punishment in this challenging, thought-provoking documentary. In late 2001, Texas teens Jason Burkett and Michael Perry were arrested for a pair of murders related to a car theft gone horribly awry. Ten years later, Perry sits on death row awaiting execution, and Burkett languishes in prison with a lifetime sentence. Through interviews with the condemned man, his partner-in-crime, friends and relatives of both, local policemen, and the prison official in charge of carrying out executions, Herzog presents an unflinching portrait of the capital-punishment process, one that raises numerous questions about the high price we pay in our quest for justice.

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capital-punishment, death, death-row, execution, justice, prison, punishment