Christine chronicles the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a news anchor who shot herself on air during a local broadcast in 1974. It’s a fascinating tale, and director Antonio Campos looks to explore how someone could possibly be driven to such an act of indignant twisted showmanship. The answer is an unfortunately bland one.
I was intrigued at first, but my interest waned as the understated atmosphere gave way to mania. This applies not only to the film, but also to Rebecca Hall, who didn’t leave any kind of lasting impression and tested my early sympathy for the character. Campos’ film had the chance to make a bold statement about women in the workplace and shock tactics journalism, so it can only be described as a missed opportunity.