Into the Abyss
Into the Abyss is Werner Herzog’s latest. He’s known as being sort of a vaguely crazy guy and film director. It turns out his real name is Werner Stipetic, who knew. He has done Fitzcarraldo, which was the story of a crazy guy trying to get a cannon up a mountain; Aguira; the Wrath of God; Nosferatu; Grizzly Man, which is actually, I think, the best of the group; Rescue Dog; the Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans, which is also very good; and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. This is a departure for him in that he’s really looking at something very different: the death penalty. I’m against the death penalty too, and for a lot of the same reasons that he is. I mean, it’s not only conceivable that the state could kill an innocent man, but he says his family was the victim of the Holocaust, and that he feels the state should never kill anybody under any circumstances, which is a perfectly logical argument. The premise of the movie has a whole bunch of people that you really don’t like in it at all, but I suppose his point is he doesn’t want to be sympathetic about it, he’s just saying this is the wrong thing to do. He’s also very patronizing of what are basically not very bright people. I really was disappointed in this, and I’m on his side, so I’d give it one star.