Chris Pine is best known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, and its sequel, Star Trek into Darkness (2013). He’s also the fourth actor to play Tom Clancy’s fictional character Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which was released last year. Pine's next film, Z for Zachariah, comes out next month and a new trailer for the upcoming disaster drama The Finest Hours (2016) in which Pine stars as Captain Bernie Webber, dropped yesterday.
Here are seven of Pine’s films that fans ought to watch that have flown under the radar:
7. Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
As we wait for Into the Woods to hit theaters this Christmas to hear Pine sing, you can watch this film in which the actor plays Rhett Ryan, a singer-songwriter living in a small town. He has dreams to make it big but his desire to follow them comes into conflict with his desire to be with the woman he loves. This film never came to theaters but it did arrive in DVD format in 2010. You can watch Pine sing "Someday Came Today" below.
6. People Like Us (2012)
Pine stars in this family drama as corporate trader Sam Harper. Harper’s in big trouble and, facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, he learns that his father has passed away and that he has a half-sister and a nephew. Drama ensues as Harper attempts to connect with his sibling and truths are learned in the process.
5. Stretch (2014)
I found myself watching this film after reading a review in which I discovered that Pine was in it though his role went uncredited. Which was strange considering that his character is integral to the full story. Pine plays an eccentric playboy who has an adoration for extremist hedonism, Roger Karos. And when I say adoration I mean it, just watch the clip below. The film's streaming on Netflix so check it out.
4. Smokin Aces (2006)
This film has turned into a cult classic and I’ll be honest, when I first saw this film I didn’t know who Chris Pine was nor did I realize later that he was in the film. Pine stars as the eldest of the redneck, speed-freak, neo-Nazi punk hitmen trio, the Tremor brothers, Darwin Tremor.
3. Blind Dating (2006)
You may have seen Pine in romantic comedies the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Just My Luck, or This Means War, but you may have never heard of this one.
In this romcom, Pine plays Danny Valdessecchi, an intelligent, handsome, charming boy who happens to have been born blind and is trying to find love. With the help of his brother Lorenzo a.k.a. Larry played by Eddie Kaye Thomas, Danny goes on a couple of disastrous dates and is about to give up altogether until sparks begin to fly between him and a nurse he meets at the clinic where he’s being tested for a risky experimental visual prosthesis that may restore his sight. The nurse Leeza (Anjali Jay) is an Indian-American, and is arranged to be married to another young man.
The film received mixed-to-negative reviews, and the publication City Weekly suggested that Pine receive a special award for "Best Performance in an Otherwise Inexplicable Film." I’ll admit a lot of the jokes are corny but the film was still enjoyable so check it out.
2. Unstoppable (2010)
This action thriller film directed by the late Tony Scott is loosely based on the real-life CSX 8888 incident, and tells the story of a runaway freight train, and the two men (Denzel Washington and Chris Pine) who attempt to stop it. The interactions between Pine and Washington are integral to the film since their characters are on an out of control speeding train for the majority of the movie and both actors shine.
1. Carriers (2009)
In a world where many post-apocalyptic films feature zombies, this one doesn’t. Instead this film’s culprit is a realistic infectious virus that has spread worldwide, killing almost everyone. Chris Pine, who plays Brian, the older brother of Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci ), who along with Brian’s girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo ) and Danny’s friend Kate (Emily VanCamp) are making their way to a place from their childhood where they’ll hold up and wait for the virus to die down. As they travel they strictly follow a set of rules that they believe will keep them all alive and stop them from becoming infected, but just like in every post-apocalyptic horror film, things don’t go as planned.
Pine does a great job of playing a young man who comes off as cold hearted SOB but he does what he does to protect his group. The rest of the cast also give excellent performances. This film didn’t come out till 2009, hoping to ride on the coattails of Star Trek’s success, but many people missed it.