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8 Worst CGI Moments In Movies of 2021

As technology advances, the CGI in sci-fi and action movies seems to advance with time. But not every movie can unlock the full potential of modern CGI. Some are just lazy interns, while some are underpaid professionals who just don’t want to invest their time in some cheap-ass movie. Here is a list of the worst movie CGI moments in movies of 2021. Careful, some CGI works might trigger you!

8. ETERNALS- THE UNREALISTIC PIP THE TROLL

The weakest MCU movie and you could have at least expected to have good CGI scenes. Overall, the movie was heavily dependent on CGI, considering every Eternals’ powers. And we could say the movie succeeded on that front but the movie failed when it came to the mid-credits scene. The scene introduced the viewers to the newest additions in the MCU roster, Pip the Troll and Eros (Harry Styles), brother of Thanos. The movie editors got lazy by the point they came on to the Pip part. The troll is a major character in the comics but his MCU counterpart couldn’t bring the major parts of his character to the table. In addition to his looks, his voiceover was a little off too. No doubt, Patton Oswalt did absolute best but the lip-syncing was an utter failure. Some viewers even described Pip’s iteration as an eye-sore to an incredible movie.

 

7. HE’S ALL THAT- THE EPIC GREEN SCREEN FAIL

He’s All That may not be the best movie in 2021 but making such a huge mistake was not something fans expected from the movie. The movie made one of the biggest and, arguably, silliest CGI mistakes of all time. In a scene where Addison Rae’s character takes the stage at a party, her hands seem to be lost in the green screen final-cut. It was a major turn-off for all the viewers who thought the scene was shot at a real location. Another non-ignorable scene in the movie sees Rae’s background unfolding when she was talking to Cameron (Tanner Buchanan). People would have ignored such mistakes in the 80s and 90s but in 2021, these things won’t work.

 

6. ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE- THE KNIGHTMARE SEQUENCE

Worst CGI Moments In Movies

When the viewers started watching the movie, they didn’t have high hopes for the movie’s editing. With only $70 million for re-shoots and editing, the movie’s effects were not going to be great. Overall, the movie had some of the greatest CGI but what they did in the final scene distracted the viewers. The Knightmare sequence was supposed to be a big thing for DCEU’s future. But being shot just a few months before the movie’s global release, it turned out ugly.

One of the things that stood out was Ezra Miller’s face being CGI-ed on a body double. The CGI was soo poor that the end-product turned out to be an extract from an 80s sci-fi movie. It was this way because Ezra Miller was in London at the time for his next Fantastic Beasts movie and had to shoot his screen via a video call. Other characters like Cyborg were a little off too, but none came even near to Barry’s poor CGI.

 

5. BLACK WIDOW- YELENA FALLS WITH A BANG

Black Widow is certainly not the strongest MCU movie, but it tops the worst CGI-ed MCU movie. The scene where Yelena (Florence Pugh) drives a shaft in Dreykov’s aircraft seemed out of a cheap 90s movie. Her getting blown up, getting propelled by the explosion of the aircraft and falling down the platform just didn’t seem realistic. This is something MCU prides itself on. And the smoke and fire that followed the explosion seemed the work of a trainee rather than a professional.

 

4. APEX- BRUCE WILLIS

Once known for the super-popular franchise Die Hard, the younger audience now knows Bruce Willis for cheap CGI. His 2021 movie, Apex, released on November 12 last month, failed remarkably. Though we can’t blame everything on the bad CGI, it certainly played a big part. The movie didn’t lack scenes with laughable CGI effects, but some of them stood out.

For instance, in the final when Bruce blows the heck out of Neal McDonough’s character, he stands in his moment of glory. The scene was shot with a green screen, and the editing was poor, at the very least. The lighting differences between Bruce’s body and the background was too clear to ignore. This made a sci-fi movie into a laugh-fest for the viewers.

 

3. RED NOTICE- BULL V. ROCK

For the highest budget-Netflix movie to be this top in the list, the CGI has to be very bad. With a budget of roughly $300 million, it remarkably lacked in the VFX department. The scene where Rock was hit by a ginormous bull seemed to be out of a 2000s cartoon. The scene seemed to ignore every law of physics and made a laughing stock of the actor. They could’ve done better, is the very least we could say about the movie.

 

2. SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS- GREAT PROTECTOR

Worst CGI Moments In Movies

After watching Game of Thrones for almost a decade, viewers knew that imposing a live-action body on mythic animals like dragons is no easy task. However, Shang-Chi took things to a different level. The scene where Shang-Chi rode the Great Protector was a laughing stock for a great movie. The Great Protector was a well-constructed creature, with excellent attention paid to its details. But when Shang-Chi was to superimpose on his back, the editors got lazy. In a close-up, they even blurred Shang-Chi’s body to blend in with the dragon but failed remarkably. It was not more than a low blow to the viewers’ experience.

 

1. RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY- THE HORRIBLE ZOMBIE DOG

Resident Evil: Welcome To The Raccoon City failed on many platforms, and CGI was only one of them. The character mix-ups and the mashed scenario from the first two games bothered fans. But the ad CGI acted as a cherry on top and led to the film only getting a score of 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s just rotten! Though it had many, the worst CGI part of the movie turned out to be the zombified dog. They were even worse than the zombie make-up dogs, used in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil. The editors overlooked the fact that it was a live-action movie, not a video game. Or maybe they just didn’t have to budget to make things perfect.

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