Werner Herzog interviewed Michael Perry eight days before his execution.
INTO THE ABYSS (Mongrel, 2011) D: Werner Herzog. Rating: NNNN
Werner Herzog mentions that he does not believe in capital punishment, and does not editorialize beyond that.
He simply points his camera, asks a few quiet questions and lets his subjects speak for themselves. What emerges is an intimate and complex look at the effects of capital punishment on those directly concerned.
Herzog walks us through the triple murder that Michael Perry and Jason Burkett committed and the shootout that led to their arrest. When he interviews them, Perry is eight days away from execution and Burkett is serving a life sentence.
The director also talks to their relatives, their victims' relatives, the prison chaplain and the captain of the guards on execution duty. Some of their stories are touching, others bizarre and brutal.
EXTRAS English audio. English SDH, Spanish subtitles.