Werner Herzog has done so many amazing documentaries, and Into the Abyss, demonstrates how he gets such amazing results. Two young men were convicted of killing three people. One received life imprisonment and the other is on death row, and the film takes place in the days leading up to and shortly after his execution.
What is amazing about this is that Herzog knows exactly what to ask to get the information the audience wants to see. He takes us through the crime scenes and talks to law enforcement and family members of the victims, and then equally as gently, he talks to family members of the accused. At no point does he bully anyone, but the way they express themselves takes you right in to their world.
It’s tough watching, with confronting imagery and I found the interviews with the accused extremely hard to watch, but it felt so important. Into the Abyss is part of Herzog’s death row project that I now feel the need to discover. If it is anywhere near as good as this, I can’t miss it.