Into the Abyss

Werner Herzog‘s latest documentary Into the Abyss takes a closer examination of a senseless triple homicide, and once again unravels a flurry of thought-provoking questions about our own humanity and mortality. A more in depth synopsis as follows (via Sundance Selects):

“In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill—and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” Herzog’s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths. As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.”

The trailer is embedded down below for your viewing pleasure:

Into the Abyss