films seen
10
average score
2.54*
nationality
UK - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Skyfire

by Simon West
Also known as
Tian ยท Huo
Specifics
2019 / 97m - China
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Skyfire poster

West follows the money and ends up in China. Turns out that wasn't the worst decision, because with a hefty budget to his disposal he cranks out a pretty amusing disaster flick. The CG isn't perfect and there is some cheesy melodrama, but the action is riveting and the pacing is splendid. A pretty nice surprise.

When a Stranger Calls

by Simon West
Specifics
2006 / 87m - USA
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
When a Stranger Calls poster

The inoffensive

Wild Card

by Simon West
Specifics
2015 / 92m - USA
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Wild Card poster

The Mechanic

by Simon West
Specifics
2011 / 93m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Mechanic poster

Con Air

by Simon West
Specifics
1997 / 115m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Con Air poster

Con Air is one of the quintessential action films of the 90s. It's one of those films that most people have seen at one time or another, present company included, though that was well before I became serious about film. I didn't expect too much from this revision, turns out it's actually a pretty decent watch.

At least, when you're in the mood for some simple, over-the-top action antics. Con Air isn't to be taken serious, though that's hardly a big surprise with Nicolas Cage headlining the film. I would even go as far as to say it's exactly what makes this film bearable, a more serious approach would've sucked the fun right out of it.

Crazy characters, random explosions and a solid mix of action and thriller elements are the main ingredients here. The film's a bit long maybe, but West makes sure it never slows down too much. John Malkovich also deserves a bit of praise for his part as the bad guy, apart from that there's not much to say about Con Air. A decent action flick, nothing more, nothing less.

Worthy but flawed

The General's Daughter

by Simon West
Specifics
1999 / 116m - USA
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The General's Daughter poster

Dubious filler

Stratton

by Simon West
Specifics
2017 / 95m - UK
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Stratton poster

A truly standard action flick. You'd think Simon West would be capable of more by now, but the action scenes are tepid and fail to excite. The editing is bad, the continuity is a joke and the action choreography is dull. Don't expect too much from the actors either, but at least the pacing is decent and the film is short. Borderline acceptable filler.

Stolen

by Simon West
Specifics
2012 / 96m - USA
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Stolen poster

The Expendables 2

by Simon West
Specifics
2012 / 103m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Expendables 2 poster

Big nopes

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

by Simon West
Specifics
2001 / 100m - USA
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider poster