The use of computer generated imagery (CGI) has transformed the Movie-making industry ever since it was first introduced spectacularly in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, many films have been transformed into a laughing stock over the years.
When live action or traditional Special Effects just don’t cut the mustard, directors often turn to computers for help. Done well, and this can be a masterstoke – as was the case in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Gravity. Done badly, and even the most serious movies can have people laughing in the aisles at the local multiplex.
These seven movies were ruined by bad CGI, and their directors should hold their head in shame.
7. The Matrix Reloaded – Burly brawl
The brilliant The Matrix gave the world ‘bullet time’, and used CGI to incredible effect more than once. So why, four years later, did the Wachowski brothers turn to the local high school IT department for the CGI in their sequel. So bad was the CGI in the follow-up, what should have been a classic trilogy was reduced to a mockery.
We see Neo fighting dozens of Agents Smiths, but look closely, and it all looks just a little but Hanna Barbera. Towards the end of the scene, the special effects guys at Warner Bros must have simply become bored with their work, as the quality of imagery wouldn’t have looked out of place being delivered by a ZX Spectrum. Transitions from human movement to CGI come with a warning from the director they’re so slow and cumbersome. Compare this scene to the famous training scene in the first movie, and it’s hard to believe the same people made them both.