Actors: Chris Pine

Poster for the movie "Wonder Woman"

Wonder Woman

I enjoyed the movie but thought it could have been better. My main gripe was when Aries spontaneously appeared for the final smack-down with Wonder Woman towards the end of the movie.

There were so many opportunities for the film to hint at his hand throughout (rather than just hearing Diana tell us that Aries was behind the war), and so many squandered opportunities for both of them to posture throughout the script, that it felt quite odd for him to suddenly appear in the watchtower and then escalate into the atypical DCEU smackdown-of-the-gods as we have seen before. We also saw some of the standard tropes during the movie in the exposition dialogue (“is that all you’ve got” et al) which felt like more work could have been done, even though it still stands above the Justice League work by far.

Gal Gadot’s performance was excellent and the script was well grounded throughout the rest of the film which gave it a more human element than other DCEU scripts have had. It was more relatable and her “fish out of water” performance was funny. Themyscira (her island home) was also beautifully rendered.

Superhero movies are everywhere these days, but I find ones that deal with god-like beings more challenging because they are an ‘outside context problem’ for mere mortals. Marvel has taken much of the god-like stuff off-world, isolating it in context from humanity, which makes it more engaging. Marvel also has a cast of superheroes who aren’t all god-like beings but are instead humans with augmented abilities which can make it easier to write relatable stories, and also more vulnerable as characters.

I don’t find it surprising that Warner Brothers has chosen now to focus more on individual films (the DCU) rather than trying to run with an integrated universe from the get-go (the DCEU) and I think the slow and steady approach that worked with Marvel will benefit them. Assuming the superhero genre remains popular in the long term!

Wonder Woman

Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

20172 h 21 min
Overview

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

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Director Patty Jenkins
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 30 May 2017
Budget $149,000,000
Revenue $821,847,012
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo, Emily Carey, James Cosmo, Wolf Kahler, Alexander Mercury, Martin Bishop, Flora Nicholson, Pat Abernethy, Freddy Elletson, Sammy Hayman, Michael Tantrum, Philippe Spall, Edward Wolstenholme, Ian Hughes, Marko Leht, Steffan Rhodri, Andrew Byron, Dominic Kinnaird, Rachel Pickup, Ulli Ackermann, Frank Allen Forbes, Peter Stark, Rainer Bock, Josh Bromley, Jennie Eggleton, Eva Dabrowski, Harvey James, George Johnston, Danielle Lewis, Florence Kasumba, Eleanor Matsuura, Josette Simon, Doutzen Kroes, Hayley Warnes, Caitlin Burles, Jemma Moore, Samantha Jo, Brooke Ence, Madeleine Vall, Hari James, Jacqui-Lee Pryce, Betty Adewole, Caroline Maria Winberg, Lizzie Bowden, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith, Rekha Luther, Thaina Oliveira, Ooooota Adepo, Zinnia Kumar, Toma McDonagh, Amber Doyle, Freddy Carter, Fred Fergus, Tim Pritchett, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Camilla Roholm, Stephanie Haymes-Roven, Nia Burke, Dee Lewis Clay, Tori Letzler
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Trust no one.

20141 h 45 min
Overview

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

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Director Kenneth Branagh
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 15 January 2014
Budget $60,000,000
Revenue $135,511,030
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Nonso Anozie, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Deborah Rosan, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Price Lindsey, Celine Jedidi, Ricky Rajpal, Karen David, David Paymer, David Hayman, Amy J. Kim, Bogdan Kominowski, Maggie Daniels, Annika Pergament, Seth Ayott, Andrew Byron, Derek Lea, Andy Butcher, Pat Kiernan, Ian Bonar, Elena Velikanova
Poster for the movie "Star Trek Beyond"

Star Trek Beyond

An enjoyable romp that married Fast & Furious with Star Trek, retaining the core of what Star Trek is about (even direct lifts from the original films and TOS) and adding lots of salt and pepper. Bustling, busy and grand.

Star Trek Beyond

20162 h 02 min
Overview

The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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Director Justin Lin
Runtime 2 h 02 min
Release Date 7 July 2016
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Joe Taslim, Lydia Wilson, Deep Roy, Melissa Roxburgh, Anita Brown, Doug Jung, Danny Pudi, Kim Kold, Fraser Aitcheson, Matthew MacCaull, Emy Aneke, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Greg Grunberg, Jennifer Cheon, Jarod Joseph, Jeremy Raymond, Harry Han, Gina Brinkman, Adam DiMarco, Fiona Vroom, Richard Laurence, Douglas Chapman, Dan Payne, Anthony Shim, Andrea Yu, Shea Whigham, Christian Sloan, Jake Huang, Priya Rajaratnam, Luka Hays, Thomas Cadrot, Jennifer W. Evans, Roxanne Fernandes, Jake Foy, Jodi Haynes, Nathan Jean, Tarun Keram, J.P. Mulcaster, Edwin Rodriguez, Alex Rose, Polina Soldatova, Lia Lam, Ian Nsenga, Sara Forsberg, Jeff Bezos
Poster for the movie "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Star Trek Into Darkness

Not as good as the first, but it ticked all the boxes from following the reboot of the original stories while adjusting to the new timeline. Nice switch with Kirk and Spock in the warp core incident, though feel that the resolution was a little too convenient and we were trying to wrap up the reboot so we could get on with some new stories (which is a good thing but made the film feel less than whole for anyone who knows the original works).

Star Trek Into Darkness

20132 h 12 min
Overview

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 12 min
Release Date 5 May 2013
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Amanda Foreman, Aisha Hinds, Joseph Gatt, Sean Blakemore, Nick E. Tarabay, Beau Billingslea, Deep Roy, Chris Hemsworth, Jack Laufer, Katie Cockrell, Kellie Cockrell, Jennifer Morrison, Leonard Nimoy, Kimberly Arland, Jonathan Dixon, Jeremy Raymond, Jay Scully, Tony Guma, Anjini Taneja Azhar, Jason Matthew Smith, Seth Ayott, Marco Sanchez, Lee Reherman, Scott Lawrence, Usman Ally, Nolan North, James Hiroyuki Liao, Rob Moran, Akiva Goldsman, Gianna Simone, Rene Rosado, Berit Francis, Benjamin P. Binswanger, Christopher Doohan, Andy Demetrio, Jacquelynn King, Long Tran, Ningning Deng, Jodi Johnston, Colleen Harris, Jeff Chase, Ser'Darius Blain, Heather Langenkamp, Melissa Paulo, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Monisola Akiwowo, Paul K. Daniel, Drew Grey, David C. Waite, Douglas Weng, Charlie Haugk, Max Chernov, Marc Primiani, Jesper Inglis, Jacob Rhodes, Kentucky Rhodes, Anthony Wilson, Eric Greitens, Melissa Steinman, Adam McCann, Jon Orvasky, Gerald W. Abrams, James McGrath, Brian T. Delaney, Arlen Escarpeta, Joe Moses, Kevin Michael Richardson, David Sobolov, Matthew Wood, Fred Tatasciore, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Audrey Wasilewski, Bill Hader, Tom Archdeacon, Jon Lee Brody, Britanni Johnson, Hiram A. Murray, Chris Gardner, Julianne Buescher, Joe Hanna, David Acord, Ellie Newlands, Candice Renee, Emily Towers, Gina Hirsch
Poster for the movie "This Means War"

This Means War

A light Sunday rom-com-spy movie. It doesn’t take itself seriously and has some laugh-out-loud moments, though not quite at the level of Something About Mary and the dog-on-speed scene 😉 Cheesy in places, it moves along at a brisk pace never forgetting its opening espionage gambit in both reference and tenuous plot thread. Good fun.

This Means War

20121 h 43 min
Overview

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

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Director McG
Runtime 1 h 43 min
Release Date 14 February 2012
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media DVD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort, Angela Bassett, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Warren Christie, Natassia Malthe, Til Schweiger, Chelsea Handler, John Paul Ruttan, Abigail Spencer, Rosemary Harris, George Touliatos, Clint Carleton, Jenny Slate, Leela Savasta, Derek Waters, Mike Dopud, Daren A. Herbert, Kevin O'Grady, Jesse Reid, Viv Leacock, Rebel Wilson, Paul Wu, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Kevan Ohtsji, Dominique Brownes, Aleks Paunovic, Joey Forfellow, Elizabeth Weinstein, Ash Lee, Jakob Davies, Lauren Watson, Paul Becker, Louise Hradsky, Jennifer Oleksiuk, Kirstyn Konig, Daniela Dib, Stefania Spampinato, Emilie Ullerup, Tyrell Witherspoon
Poster for the movie "Rise of the Guardians"

Rise of the Guardians

The CG work was exceptional – as you’d come to expect from Dreamworks – though the plot felt a little lacklustre in places. A good family flick with potential for future instalments or prequels which show imagination and poignancy. The idea of this film is to find one’s centre – a truism valid for each of us told through a story. Maybe we can all take note and become better humans 😉

Rise of the Guardians

20121 h 37 min
Overview

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

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Director Peter Ramsey
Runtime 1 h 37 min
Release Date 21 November 2012
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Kamil McFadden, Georgie Grieve, Emily Nordwind, Jacob Bertrand, Olivia Mattingly, Dominique Grund, April Lawrence, Ryan Crego, Ryan Crego