10 CGI Scenes So Good You Think They're Real

9. The Rat - The Departed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V3f9UJTmgd0#t=0s Granted, animal CGI is a lot easier to achieve than human-based effects, especially when a) it€™s of a small animal whose face we don€™t see and b) the animal is a dark colour, but that does little to detract from this impressive, tickling little flourish placed at the end of Martin Scorsese€™s crime masterpiece, The Departed. Given that the entire film is about so-called €œrats€ €“ that is, snitches in both a crime organisation and the police force €“ it€™s telling that the film€™s final shot has a rat scuttling along a window frame moments after Matt Damon€™s Colin Sullivan has been blown to pieces by Mark Wahlberg. The simple assumption was that Scorsese had an animal trainer on set who let the rat out across the window sill at the correct moment, but alas, it€™s some sly CGI, an impressive testament to how far we€™ve come in just a few years, that small animals at a medium distance really look indistinguishable from the real thing.
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