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LIVE YOUR DASH
on 9 June 2012
The title of my review comes from a former state executioner who oversaw around 120 inmates put to death.He was saying that on your tombstone you have the day you were born,the day you died and the dash between these dates is your life.Werner Herzogs documentary Into The Abyss is an exploration of a triple homicide case that occurred in Texas which lead to a death sentence for Micheal Perry and a life sentence for Jason Burkett.The crime was just a profound waste,a pointless tragedy seemingly all down to wanting to steal a car.
We hear from the families of the victims,the police,a pastor,the father of one of the perpetrators which really builds a complete picture and also reveals just the complete complexities,emotions of events that just happen.Things out of anyones control.
As a viewer i just soaked the film in,in many ways at a loss at what to think or feel.Obviously the question of the death penalty hangs over the proceedings Herzog explicit in his view that he doesn't agree.I have always made clear concerning my feelings,i believe the rights of victims come first.I really struggle with the ideas of showing compassion to criminals who showed none to their victims who they snub out and in this case dump into a river.
Herzog as a documentary maker and interviewer is suberb,you just know he wants to get right inside the subject,he wants to capture what these people think,feel,regret.Herzog is an old school maverick,give this dude a battered camcorder send him out and he will capture some magic.What really strikes you is just the amount of sadness that can be experienced in a persons life,one family member detailing the death of her father,sister,uncle on top of the senseless murders of her brother and mother.These people show unimaginable strength in the face of profound adversities.It has to be added that we also see how families can all descend into a life of crime and prison sentences.
This is evocative,thought provoking cinema from a very special film maker.