Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Into the Abyss - 3 stars

This is a documentary about a triple murder that took place in a small Texas town back in 2001. Two young men broke into a house, murdered a woman, her son and his friend, and stole a camaro. Ten years later, the two men are in prison. One is serving a life sentence and the other is on death row.

Herzog interviews everyone connected to this case, and the things they say are fascinating and heartbreaking. The two men came from broken homes, or had no homes at all, and the victim's daughter has not been able to carry on with her life.

This is not a political movie about the death penalty. It isn't trying to persuade you to be for or against the death penalty. It just gives us the facts of the case, and allows the people involved to tell their story.

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