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Worst CGI Effects In Blockbuster Hollywood Movies Of The 21st Century!

Written by: Nirmalraj
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Having larger than life events in movies, is a huge task. Film-makers find it real difficult to pull off fantasies on the big screens. In the early days, people had to build sets and do heavy make-up for the characters and a lot of co-ordination from the animation teams were involved in bringing the sets and characters to life.

The technologies grew, so did the cinema. Computers were used to design the sets and construct and now with all the latest technologies, the graphics and animation look close to realistic. Movies like Avatar and Narnia are simply fantastic, a visual treat.

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But despite the growth in the technology, the huge budget hollywood movies and their CGI effects were not on par with others considering the money involved. Such blockbusters with poor CGI effects have simply brought down the impact of the movie.

We shall look at these hollywood movies with CGI effects that affected the whole movie watching experience.


Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Samuel L Jackson's death in the movie is so unrealistic that it looks like a badly adapted scene from the much earlier movies. The Shark itself was unrealistic with gigantic teeth and horrible eye makeover.

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The Mummy Returns (2001)

Probably one of the worst CGI effects in recent times. With a high budget movie having a huge star cast, this movie was expected to have better CGI effects, instead they settled for a low budget animation. With Dwayne Johnson as the scorpion king in the climax scene, the poor graphics shows this flaw very evidently. They look like video game characters rather than any realistic characters.

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Catwoman (2002)

This spin off movie was ill-fated due to its poor editing and special effects. Instead of animating certain parts of the action sequences, the graphics team decided to animate Halle Berry as whole and the result was yet another video game like visual rather than real life believable character.

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Hulk (2003)

Perhaps Marvel's disappointment in the last decade is this forgettable movie. Although the plot line was cohesive, the graphics were not. The hulk looked like a rubber giant playing with his toys. The fantasy superhero turned out to be another lame attempt of poor graphics and animation attempt.

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King Kong (2005)

This 2005 reboot of the classic King Kong has many flaws in the movie screenplay. The actors acting infront of the green screens is clearly noticeable from their facial expressions and body language despite the meager efforts of the animation team to do a convincing job. The actors have no eye co-ordination with the animated dinosaurs and it all look real fake.

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I Am Legend (2007)

This movie featuring Will Smith is set in the future where he's the last man alive. The zombies in the movie are all animated and they don't look scary at all. The director instead of casting real actors to play the zombies, decided to go full on graphics and the result was insanely ridiculous.

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of Crystal Skull (2008)

Despite the high budget, and with Steven Spielberg directing this movie, this movie was far behind in the graphics department. Most of the scenes looked fake and animated. Right from the first scene, graphics is very evident and not a convincing one at best.

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Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)

This movie is poorly executed in every way. The giant snake looks out of place and looks like it's made of rubber. The lighting effects for the snake is visually unpleasant. The artificial acting of the actors add to the movie not making it big on the screens.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Wolverine's claws were so artificial that it never at any instant looked like they were coming out his hand but rather superimposed during post production. Again with big guns like Marvel involved, one can at least expect a visually appealing graphics. This movie was a disaster in the animation department.

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Green Lantern (2011)

This High Budget movie of $ 200 million, fell really short in the animation category. The green suit was so animated that half the movie Ryan Reynolds looked like a game character rather than a super hero. With DC behind this project, one can expect at least a decent amount of graphics involved in projecting a superhero. The movie didn't do well in the box office for poor screenplay and over use of graphics that made the characters goofy.

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