Over the course of the trilogy, Chris Pine was able to accomplish this and establish a remarkable character journey for Captain James T. Kirk. In 2009’s Star Trek, Kirk plays an oversized frat boy, in Star Trek Into Darkness, he learns the value of self-sacrifice, and in Star Trek Beyond, he ponders his father’s legacy. Pine wasn’t just imitating Shatner; he added his own spin on the character, demonstrating how his version could grow into the beloved figure of The Original Series. Pine’s career may have been defined by Star Trek, but he’s a lot more diverse performer than he’s given credit for. Below are some of the best films of Chris Pine that aren’t Star Trek.
1. Unstoppable (2010)
Director- Tony Scott
Will Colson has started working for the railroad as a train conductor. Frank Barnes, a seasoned train engineer, is assigned to him. At first, they are at odds. Later, there is no one in charge of a train transporting chemicals. It’s feared that if it comes to a halt or crashes into a populated area, the results will be terrible. Connie, a senior executive, advises that it be derailed, but the man in charge opposes due to the cost. When efforts to stop it fail, there is apprehension about what they might do next. However, after Frank and Will come dangerously near to being killed by it. Frank tries to stop it by coupling on to it.
2. Bottle Shock (2008)
Director- Randall Miller
Steven Spurrier is a sommelier from Paris. He visits the Napa Valley in 1976 with the intention of bringing the greatest wines he can locate to Paris for a blind taste test against French wine. Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is fully mortgaged while Jim perfects his chardonnay, meets him. Jim’s relationships with his hippie son Bo and his foreman Gustavo, a Mexican farmworker’s son who secretly makes his own wine, are strained. There’s also Sam, a free-spirited UC Davis graduate student who is attracted to both Gustavo and Bo. Jim refuses to participate in the “Judgment of Paris,” which Spurrier is organising, despite the fact that Bo knows it is their last chance. The chardonnay from Barrett boasts buttery aromas and a Smithsonian finish.
3. The Finest Hour (2016)
Director- Craig Gillespie
A violent tempest splits in half two oil tankers. The SS Fort Mercer and the SS Pendleton, off the coast of Massachusetts in Cape Cod. On a stormy night in the winter of 1952. The 32-member crew of the SS Fort Mercer and the SS Pendleton struggle to keep the fragmented hull afloat in the middle of the raging sea.
Pendleton’s only hope appears to be Coast Guard officer Bernie Webber’s skeleton crew and a small lifeboat amidst towering seas and the omnipotent forces of nature. With the majority of the area’s available Coast Guard resources dispatched to save the crew of the sinking Mercer. No one knows if the remaining survivors are still alive in this suicide mission against all odds. Nonetheless, throwing yourself into the mouth of hell to save a soul in risk requires valour and immense guts. Nonetheless, throwing yourself into the mouth of hell to save a soul in risk requires valour and immense guts.
4. Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit (2014)
Director- Kenneth Branagh
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jack Ryan, a student at the London School of Economics, joins the US Marine Corps and fights in Afghanistan. There his spine is severely injured when his helicopter is shot down. Cathy Muller, a medical student who is helping him learn to walk again. Thomas Harper, a C.I.A. official who recruits him, meet him throughout his recuperation. After ten years, Ryan is working undercover for the C.I.A. on Wall Street. He is looking for suspicious financial transactions that could suggest terrorist activities. He discovers that Viktor Cherevin’s riches, worth trillions of dollars, have vanished from Russian companies. Because Ryan’s organisation does business with Cherevin, he has motivation to visit Moscow and investigate. When he discovers certain accounts are inaccessible to him as an auditor. During his investigation, he uncovers a scheme linked to the 9/11 attacks. He must now determine the what, where, and when.
5. Wonder Woman (2017)
Director- Patty Jenkins
Diana of the mysterious Themyscira, a highly trained pacifist and stunning Amazon warrior-princess, lives a disciplined but serene and safe existence in the bosom of her formidable clan of expert fighters, cut off from men and the rest of humanity. Diana’s cocooned existence will be turned upside down, however, as Steve Trevor, an intrepid American pilot and the first man to set foot on the lovely island, reveals a horrifying reality, as a devastating great war threatens to engulf humanity. At the height of World War I, the odd duo sets out on a risky mission to combat an all-powerful foe in an all-out war to end all battles.
6. Hell or High Water (2016)
Director- David Mackenzie
Toby Howard, a divorced father, and Tanner Howard, a hardened ex-con, come up with a wildly audacious idea to raise some cash following their mother’s recent death and the family’s West Texas farms facing impending foreclosure. As a result of the gang’s genius, Toby’s precisely prepared plot, the hard-pressed couple would go on a crime spree, targeting the Texas Midland bank’s small-town branches. Nonetheless, the Howard brothers are pursued by Marcus Hamilton, an unyielding Texas Ranger, and his loyal deputy, Alberto Parker, a half-Comanche, who are patiently waiting for even the tiniest error to bring them down. As the two opposing spouses are about to collide, an unavoidable battle amongst the harsh and sun-baked landscape of West Texas will have unintended effects.
7. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Director- Peter Ramsay
When the malevolent spirit Pitch Black, also known as the Boogeyman, attacks the Earth’s children, the Guardians – Santa Clause (North), The Toothfairy, The Easter Bunny, and the Sandman – must enlist the help of a new Guardian. When they try to add Jack Frost, he declines since he doesn’t think he’s good enough. The youngsters gradually lose faith in the Guardians as they combat Pitch Black and persuade Jack that he is nice. Jack must assist the Guardians in restoring their magic with the Earth’s children so that they can continue to protect them from harm.
8. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Director- Garry Marshall
Princess Mia Thermopolis is twenty-one years old and is set to take over as Queen of Genovia from her grandmother. However, Viscount Mabrey, who wants his nephew, who is also in line for the throne, to be the new ruler, reminds everyone of a law that stipulates that an unmarried woman cannot be proclaimed Queen, and he opposes Mia’s coronation with the support of Parliament. Mia is granted thirty days to find a husband after Queen Clarisse Renaldi requests it, but Mabrey does everything he can to prevent it: his nephew, Nicholas Devereaux, has met Mia and they are both drawn to each other. However, Mia dislikes and distrusts him after knowing who he is, but Queen Clarisse has welcomed him to stay with them for the next thirty days to keep an eye on him.
In the end, it comes down to pure subjective taste. We can tell you our favorites and recommend a few others (we liked Unstoppable and Hell or High Water), but at the end of the day, you’re the one who will have to decide for yourself what best Chris Pine movie is worth a watch and which ones are best left behind.