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The inclination to dismiss this as fanciful conspiracy theorizing is here countered by the testimonies of various experts, certain that the Seattle police really bungled their investigation.
By the time Wecht declares that this is a death that simply has to be reinvestigated, even a viewer with no special attachment to Cobain's legacy is likely to agree.
This is a bad film, filled with awkward reenactments, poorly designed graphics, scripted interview segments, ominous music and enough jumping to conclusions that I'm surprised someone didn't throw out their back.
Whether he's way off base or not, Tom Grant is clearly a believer, and the ideas he presents via Soaked In Bleach-as unabashedly one-sided as they are-aren't easily dismissed.
The problem is, when facing down Love's and Cobain's outsize, junked-up personalities, Grant seems a total naïf.
The story is still provocative, but the director has nothing new to add to it.
If you're a rabid Cobain murder theorist, "Soaked in Bleach" will undoubtedly reconfirm all of your beliefs on the subject. If you're also certain that Cobain killed himself, I doubt that there's anything here to truly convince you otherwise.
...even if Soaked in Bleach's message landed on sympathetic ears, the film makes curious decisions that distract from their central thesis.
Soaked in Bleach is so heavily rooted in hearsay and circumstantial suggestions that the film-and its speakers-often seem to be grasping at straws.
After a while, Statler's hodgepodge approach loses its novelty, and the documentary starts to seem like an overlong, overly strident segment of a true-crime cable TV infotainment series.
An engrossing documentary that may seem like old-news conspiracy theory but presents too many strong points to be overlooked (especially regarding the absurd negligence in the death investigation) and makes a compelling case for why this suspicious case should be re-opened.
Excellent and eye-opening documentary exposing the highly suspicious events surrounding Kurt Cobain's death.
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