Into The Abyss

November 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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Werner Hertzog’s second documentary of the year was, for me, the better of the two.  It takes a look at capital punishment in America through the eyes of two killers and their victims’ families.  Though Hertzog is clear from the start about his position on the issue, he allows people to speak for themselves.  The person I saw it with didn’t think it went far enough to condemn the death penalty.  He would have preferred interviews with people wrongly accused rather than the boys Hertzog chose.  But, to me, that’s its strength.  Nobody (except maybe Rick Perry) wants the killing of innocent people.  The real discussion is should we kill people like the ones in this film.  Any argument against the death penalty has to start there.

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