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SOAKED IN BLEACH - MOVIE REVIEW

Shock Entertainment | Release Date: October 7 2015

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A ‘docudrama’ about the death of ‘Grunge’ legend Kurt Cobain  exploring the circumstances of his demise may not be anything new but the approach here rather than straight conspiracy theory the approach is to lay out the facts and explore what they mean. It’s compelling, and made even more so by the ‘docudrama’ element which surprisingly works quite well.  


I saw Nirvana just the once – a small club show just before ‘Nevermind’ went stupid and to be honest they were great but I never saw the huge movement coming I just saw bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam (who I saw around that time in front of about 200 people)  as bands that channelled old school 70’s rock and Roll through a different filter, sure it all got a bit self-absorbed but it was great at the time.


‘Soaked in Bleach’ is so unusual in that it not only exposes the subject matter so well but it also opens your eyes to how ‘vested interests’ shape the world today. I doubt very much that Benjamin Staller would have bothered to have made the film about a band with less commercial clout, and whilst that may be disingenuous, I think that it is equally valid as the use of actual recorded phone transcripts in the movie.


Did something sinister happen in the death of Kurt Cobain is the question the movie lays bare, and with the  sheers amounts of money involved in Cobain’s estate there are always bound to be questions. What the movie adds to the theory of foul play is surely enough for the Seattle Police Department to treat the investigation as they would any other questionable case.


If you loved the body of work Nirvana put together or simply love the idea that Cobain’s death needs more investigation it’s hard to argue with some of the key suggestions and seeming lack of standard due process the movie questions.


It’s certainly one to watch and then make up your own mind…

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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