We all were in awe when we saw James Cameron’s Avatar on the silver screen, which set the benchmark for all other movies to come. Stunning picturization clubbed with some brilliant lighting, it was a visual treat for movie enthusiasts. Unfortunately, some often fail to capitalise on this "modern invention" – Computer Generated Imagery aka CGI that had a huge role to play in making Avatar the extravaganza it became. Well, we can skim off the movies that are intentionally bad or lack the budget and take a look at some big names that shouldn't really have settled for second-rate graphics. So, if you were looking for Sharknado or Birdemic on this list then please accept our humble apology.
I am Legend (2007)
Will Smith is the Aamir Khan of Hollywood – Mr. Perfectionist. Though I Am Legend can be regarded as an accomplished film when it comes to script, direction and acting, the same cannot be said for the visual effects. For a much-anticipated movie such as this, the zombies were really disappointing.
This Milla Jovovich-starrer venture was a disaster. While the movie was strictly okay in the acting, script and editing departments, the visual effects team lost fair and square.
The Ring 2 (2005)
Oh deer! The infamous deer scene left the audiences chuckling in the theaters. This particular scene is supposed to be intense but thanks to poorly driven and/or underpaid CGI team, the scene was nothing but a bump in a fairly good horror flick. Have a look for yourself:
X-Men Origins : Wolverine (2009)
Now we know that an unfinished print of the movie released on the Internet but the final product too was pretty much the same. Wolverine’s claws are clearly not emerging out of his fists, rather they were superimposed on the actor. Moreover, the ladder scene was downright atrocious. Let us refresh your memory.
Green Lantern (2011)
Ryan Reynolds was supposed to set the stage on fire with his role in Green Lantern but instead what we got is a laughable cartoon character with outdated graphics. With a 200 million USD budget and the DC logo to back it, we expected better from the movie.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The climax of this second installment of the Mummy franchise was a big let down. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as an animated, half-man half scorpion was clearly *not* the best idea. You surely can't see his pecs and biceps when animated. What a shame!
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
It's impossible to make a Mortal Kombat movie without CGI but excessive use of it doesn’t bode well. Directors usually opt for CGI that is comparatively cheaper than practical effects resulting in sub-standard graphics. It works for films with a scanty budget but it's a downer for commercial Hollywood flicks.
These were some of the films we thought should have done well in the visuals department. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below. If you already hate CGI, well then, you would love to know these epic moments which were not CGI but were all practical effects.
-By Anish Dhurat