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Simon West is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 1961 at Letchworth (United-kingdom)

Simon West

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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 1961 (58 years) at Letchworth (United-kingdom)

Simon West (born 1961) is an English film director. West started as a film editor with the BBC, then directed documentaries and commercials including many for Budweiser. His film directing career started when he directed Con Air in 1997.

Biography

En 1981, il entre à la BBC comme assistant monteur et participe au fur et à mesure à de nombreuses productions. Dès 1985, il réalise de nombreux spots publicitaires.

Simon West s'impose ensuite à Hollywood où il tourne son premier film : le blockbuster Les Ailes de l'enfer avec notamment Nicolas Cage, John Cusack et John Malkovich. Le film reçoit le Razzie Award du « pire manquement de respect à la vie humaine et aux édifices publics » mais est quand même un gros succès au box-office.

Deux ans plus tard, il revient avec Le Déshonneur d'Elisabeth Campbell, dans lequel John Travolta enquête sur un meurtre dans l'armée. Le film est mal reçu côté critique mais est un gros succès commercial en rapportant plus de 100 000 000 de dollars aux États-Unis et 50 000 000 à l'étranger.

En 1999, il adapte la franchise de jeux vidéo Tomb Raider dans Lara Croft : Tomb Raider avec Angelina Jolie dans le rôle de l'archeologue sexy Lara Croft. Le film sera un joli succès au box-office en rapportant 274 703 340 $ dans le monde (dont 131 168 070 $ en Amérique) pour un budget de 94 000 000 $.

Après ce succès, Simon West abandonne pendant 5 ans le cinéma pour notamment réaliser des épisodes de séries télévisées comme Keen Eddie, Close to Home ou encore le téléfilm Under Pressure en 2006.

Il revient en 2006 avec le long-métrage Terreur sur la ligne, remake du film éponyme de Fred Walton sorti en 1979. C'est un gros échec en France mais pas aux États-Unis où le film rapporte 47 860 214 $ et 66 966 987 millions de dollars dans le monde entier pour un budget estimé à 15 000 000$.

Il abandonne à nouveau le cinéma encore pendant 5 ans pour réaliser les téléfilms Split Decision (2006) et The Man (2008). En 2010 et 2011, il réalise respectivement les pilotes des séries Human Target : La Cible et The Cape.

En 2011, il revient au cinéma avec Jason Statham pour Le Flingueur, remake de la version de 1972 de Michael Winner. Le film n'est pas un énorme succès car il ne rapporte que 29 121 498 $ aux États-Unis et 22 900 000 $ dans le reste du monde pour un budget d'environ 40 000 000.

En 2012, il est choisi pour prendre la suite de Sylvester Stallone à la réalisation de Expendables 2 : Unité spéciale, suite de Expendables : Unité spéciale sorti en 2009.

Best films

The Expendables 2 (2012)
(Director)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
(Director)
Con Air (1997)
(Director)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
(Director)
Black Hawk Down (2002)
(Executive Producer)
The General's Daughter (1999)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Simon West (14 films)

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Actor

The Mechanic, 1h33
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Ben Foster, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn, Suzanna Andén, John McConnell
Rating65% 3.2981353.2981353.2981353.2981353.298135
Arthur Bishop works as a "mechanic". He sneaks into the lavish home of a Colombian Drug Cartel leader and discreetly drowns him in his own pool. Upon returning to his home in Louisiana, he later meets with his friend and mentor, Harry McKenna, who pays Bishop for his work.

Director

Stratton
Stratton (2017)
, 1h35
Directed by Simon West
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell, Tyler Lee Hoechlin, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann
Rating48% 2.404882.404882.404882.404882.40488
A British Special Boat Service agent tracks down an international terrorist cell.
Gun Shy
Gun Shy (2017)
, 1h35
Directed by Simon West
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko

En vacances avec sa femme au Chili, une rock star déjantée, Turk Enry, apprend qu'elle a été kidnappée par des terroristes lors d'une expédition.
Wild Card
Wild Card (2015)
, 1h32
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Jeu, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci, Sofía Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Anne Heche
Rating55% 2.7991152.7991152.7991152.7991152.799115
Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a recovering gambling addict who takes odd jobs in Las Vegas as a "chaperone" (his version of a bodyguard) to support his addiction. After helping a client impress a woman (Sofia Vergara), he accepts a proposition from meek self-made millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano) to show him around Vegas and provide him with protection while he gambles.
The Expendables 3, 2h6
Directed by Simon West, Avi Lerner, Patrick Hughes
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about terrorism
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren
Rating61% 3.050013.050013.050013.050013.05001
The Expendables—led by Barney Ross and formed by Lee Christmas, Gunnar Jensen, and Toll Road—extract former member Doctor Death, a knives specialist and team medic, from a military prison during his transfer on a train. They recruit Doc to assist them in intercepting a shipment of bombs meant to be delivered to a warlord in Somalia. Arriving there, they reunite with Hale Caesar, who directs them to the drop point, where Ross is surprised to find out that the arms trader providing the bombs is Conrad Stonebanks, a former co-founder of the Expendables who went rogue and was presumed dead. In the ensuing firefight, The Expendables manage to kill all but Stonebanks, who shoots Caesar twice. As the team attempts to aid him, they are forced to retreat due to Stonebanks' advanced weaponry, and Caesar is severely injured in the process.
The Saint
The Saint (2013)
, 1h30
Directed by Simon West, Ernie Barbarash
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Eliza Dushku, Roger Moore, Yani Gellman, Enrique Murciano, James Remar, Sammi Hanratty
Rating49% 2.455422.455422.455422.455422.45542
Simon Templar, voleur hors pair surnommé le Saint, se fait engager par un riche banquier pour retrouver sa fille kidnappée. Mais les apparences sont parfois trompeuses. Roger Moore, qui avait interprété Simon Templar dans la série originale entre 1962 et 1969, joue ici le rôle de Jasper. Alors que Ian Ogilvy, qui avait remplacé Moore dans la télésérie Le Retour du Saint en 1978 et 1979, interprète Xader le banquier.
Stolen
Stolen (2012)
, 1h36
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, Malin Åkerman, M. C. Gainey, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley
Rating54% 2.748792.748792.748792.748792.74879
In New Orleans, Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage) and Vincent (Josh Lucas) are preparing for a heist, aided by Riley (Malin Åkerman), their getaway driver, and Hoyt (M.C. Gainey), a computer security expert. They are watched by FBI agent Tim Harland (Danny Huston), who knows that Will and Vincent have been casing a jewelry store for several weeks and plans to arrest them mid-crime.
The Expendables 2, 1h42
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about terrorism
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme
Rating65% 3.2968853.2968853.2968853.2968853.296885
The Expendables—leader Barney Ross, knife specialist Lee Christmas, hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang, heavy-weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitions expert Toll Road, the unstable Gunner Jensen, and sniper Billy the Kid, the team's newest recruit and Ross' protégé—are deployed to Nepal to rescue Dr. Zhou, a hostage. They also rescue the captured mercenary Trench, Ross's rival. Yang leaves the group to escort Zhou back to China.
The Mechanic, 1h33
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Ben Foster, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn, Suzanna Andén, John McConnell
Rating65% 3.2981353.2981353.2981353.2981353.298135
Arthur Bishop works as a "mechanic". He sneaks into the lavish home of a Colombian Drug Cartel leader and discreetly drowns him in his own pool. Upon returning to his home in Louisiana, he later meets with his friend and mentor, Harry McKenna, who pays Bishop for his work.
When a Stranger Calls, 1h27
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty, Derek de Lint, Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg, Tessa Thompson
Rating51% 2.5537052.5537052.5537052.5537052.553705
On one side of town, a babysitter and the kids she is babysitting are brutally murdered. The police find that the murderer used his bare hands to tear them to shreds. The shot then changes to teenager Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) who is going through a teenage crisis, having her boyfriend, Bobby (Brian Geraghty), cheat on her with her best friend Tiffany (Katie Cassidy), and going over 800 minutes on her cell phone, for which her dad, Ben (Clark Gregg), has her babysit for a wealthy family to pay the debt. The unfortunate timing causes Jill to miss out on a school bonfire which her other best friend, Scarlett (Tessa Thompson), is attending. Jill arrives at the elaborate Mandrakis House, which has a greenhouse built in the center. The parents (Derek de Lint and Kate Jennings Grant) show her around and tell her about their live in housemaid Rosa (Rosine Ace Hatem). Mrs Mandrakis then gives Jill their numbers, stating that they won't be back until midnight. As the kids (Arthur Young and Madeline Carroll) are seen to be upstairs asleep, Jill soon begins to receive anonymous phone calls.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 1h41
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about computing, Jeu, Transport films, Time travel films, Motocyclette, Films about video games, Films based on video games
Actors Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Chris Barrie, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig
Rating58% 2.9000252.9000252.9000252.9000252.900025
The film opens with Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) in an Egyptian tomb, seeking a diamond at one end of a chamber. As she approaches she is attacked by a large robot. After an intense chase and battle, she disables it by ripping out its motivational circuits. She takes the diamond, which is revealed to be a memory card labeled "Lara's Party Mix", and inserts it into a laptop computer inside the robot, whereupon it plays music. Now it is revealed that the scene took place in a practice arena in her home, and that her assistant Bryce (Noah Taylor) programmed the robot, SIMON, to challenge her in combat.
The General's Daughter, 1h57
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Tarquin Hutton, Leslie Stefanson, Clarence Williams III
Rating62% 3.1499853.1499853.1499853.1499853.149985
Chief Warrant Officer Four Paul Brenner (John Travolta), a Vietnam War veteran of the 196th LIB, is in Georgia, masquerading as First Sergeant Frank White, at a local Army base, to broker an illegal arms trade with a self-proclaimed freedom fighter. Part of his character's disguise is speaking with a strong Southern accent. While on the base, his car gets a flat tire. He is on the side of the road trying to remove the wheel nuts with a small pair of pliers and not having much success when a pretty young officer arrives and helps him change the spare with her cross brace (lug wrench). The officer is Captain Elisabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson), the base commanding general's daughter and herself an Army captain in psychological operations. The next day Brenner calls in to see her with a basket full of chocolates and bath soaps as a thank you to her for her help. Both times he is in contact with her, he is keeping up the pretence with the Southern drawl. Elisabeth is, at first, warm to him, but after a few minutes of conversation, she becomes cool and distant, saying she has a lot of work to get through. The next evening, she is found murdered. Brenner and another warrant officer, Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe), who is also a rape specialist, are brought in to investigate, as both are part of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. At the scene, the base Provost Marshal, Colonel William Kent (Timothy Hutton), and several of his military police have secured the area. Captain Campbell's nude body has been staked down with tent pegs, strangled, and presumably raped. Colonel Kent has 2,000 military police of whom he is in charge at the base, and he is considered both the police chief and the staff officer who advises Captain Campbell's father, Lieutenant General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Campbell (James Cromwell), a highly respected and very popular general officer who was Brenner's Commanding Officer in Vietnam, on all military police matters.
Con Air
Con Air (1997)
, 1h55
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about terrorism, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Aviation films, Dans un avion, LGBT-related films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, LGBT-related film, Films about hijackings, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney
Rating68% 3.448683.448683.448683.448683.44868
Former Army Ranger Cameron Poe is sentenced to prison for manslaughter for using excessive force on a drunk man while trying to protect his pregnant wife Tricia. Poe is paroled eight years later, and is to be released after being flown to Alabama on the Jailbird, a C-123K transport prison aircraft. Along with Poe are several other prisoners including his diabetic cellmate and friend Mike "Baby-O" O'Dell, who is being transferred (but not yet paroled) with Poe. The transfer is being overseen by U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin, as the transfer includes notorious criminal mastermind Cyrus "Cyrus The Virus" Grissom, gangster and Black Guerrilla member Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones and mass murderer William "Billy Bedlam" Bedford for their transfer to a new Supermax prison. Larkin is approached at the last minute by DEA agents Duncan Malloy and Willie Sims, who ask for Sims to be brought aboard disguised as a prisoner so that he can extract more information from drug lord Francisco Cindino, a prisoner that is to be picked up at Carson City, Nevada en route. Larkin agrees, unaware that Malloy has hidden a gun on Sims' body.

Scriptwriter

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 1h41
Directed by Simon West
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about computing, Jeu, Transport films, Time travel films, Motocyclette, Films about video games, Films based on video games
Actors Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Chris Barrie, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig
Rating58% 2.9000252.9000252.9000252.9000252.900025
The film opens with Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) in an Egyptian tomb, seeking a diamond at one end of a chamber. As she approaches she is attacked by a large robot. After an intense chase and battle, she disables it by ripping out its motivational circuits. She takes the diamond, which is revealed to be a memory card labeled "Lara's Party Mix", and inserts it into a laptop computer inside the robot, whereupon it plays music. Now it is revealed that the scene took place in a practice arena in her home, and that her assistant Bryce (Noah Taylor) programmed the robot, SIMON, to challenge her in combat.

Producer

Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn
Origin USA
Genres Action, Horror, Animation
Actors Tony Todd, Danielle Harris, Tom Sizemore, Bill Moseley, Alona Tal, Joseph Pilato
Roles Producer
Rating40% 2.004492.004492.004492.004492.00449
An animated re-telling of the original Night of the Living Dead film. Set in modern day New York City rather than 1960s rural Pennsylvania. Centers on a group of desperate survivors fighting to stay alive barricaded in an abandoned apartment building. Confined, cut off from the world, and under constant attack from the undead hordes closing in around them, the six main characters struggle to survive while also confronting their own sense of compassion and humanity.