A director of blockbuster action films, Simon West is best known for his first feature, "Con Air". His career began in 1981 as a film editor for the BBC, where he worked on documentaries and dramas. West later became a music-video director and subsequently moved into commercial work with a client list that included Budweiser, McDonald's, and Pepsi. In 1997, West's movie directorial debut, "Con Air", proved to be a huge hit at the box office. The film starred Nicolas Cage as a recently released convict on a prisoner transport plane whose return home is delayed when the flight is hijacked by sociopathic inmate (John Malkovich). West had less success with his 1999 follow-up, "The General's Daughter", which starred John Travolta as an investigator looking into a mysterious death. In 2001, West helmed the hit video-game adaptation "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider", which he both directed and adapted for the screen. More active as a producer than a director, West's subsequent directorial efforts included remakes of 1970s genre movies: the 2006 slasher film "When a Stranger Calls" and the 2011 hitman thriller "The Mechanic". In 2012, West was particularly busy, with the release of two high-octane movies that he helmed: "The Expendables 2", starring Sylvester Stallone and a slew of '80s action stars, and "Stolen", featuring Nicolas Cage.