Into the Abyss
Into the Abyss

Film Review

Film title
Into the Abyss
Director
Werner Herzog
Starring
Werner Herzog, Jason Burkett, Michael Perry, Richard Lopez
Release date
30 Mar
Certificate
12A

More info

Into the Abyss is screening as part of the Glasgow Film Festival on 23 Feb and 24 Feb. See glasgowfilm.org/festival for details. Into the Abyss is released nationwide on 30 Mar wernerherzog.com

GFF 2012: Into The Abyss

4/5 stars
Film review by Philip Concannon.
Published 22 February 2012

Werner Herzog's latest enquiry into human nature takes him to Texas, where he explores the fallout from a decade-old murder. Into the Abyss is built around interviews with various people connected with the crime, from the killers themselves, now languishing on Death Row, to the friends and families of the deceased. Such a subject leaves little room for the director's trademark eccentricity (although he does bizarrely reduce one man to tears with the question, "tell me about an encounter with a squirrel") but his curiosity and frankness serve the material well.

Herzog has a way of getting his interview subjects to open up and meander with him down unexpected avenues, and Into the Abyss resonates with the messiness of life. My only reservation is that it feels like the film could go deeper, as Herzog's occasional struggle to find a focus for his story takes its toll, but that quibble aside, it's yet another intriguing and surprising film from this ever-fascinating documentarian.