10 Most Ridiculous Uses Of CGI In Movie History

$5,000 is a lot to pay for a piece of crap.

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In this day and age, it feels like CGI has found a way to infiltrate just about every single film genre known to mankind.

Gone are the times when fans would only expect to see digital effects used in larger than life battle scenes or to realise a distinct alien or monster. Now this computer wizardry is regularly used to turn back the clock in acclaimed biopics and even bring deceased performers back from the grave.

Many of these effects are undoubtedly marvellous and definitely improve or enrich the feature fans have been watching up until that point. However, there have been a few cases over the years when CGI has rather ridiculously been shoe-horned into a picture.

Dramatically swishing space hair, altered body parts and even previously non-existent bodily functions have all been pumped into a feature at various points in time for one dumb reason or another.

Admittedly, not every one of these CGI adjustments or creations was so distracting that it immediately dragged people out of the film they were watching. Some even went entirely unnoticed on a first watch by many.

Yet, once you realise they were specifically designed and laced into a project thanks to some highly intricate (and expensive) digital manipulation, you can't help but feel like there must have been a simpler (or cheaper) way of getting the desired effect.

10. Wesley Snipes' Eyes - Blade: Trinity

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Using CGI to help enhance a scene or an actor's performance is one thing, relying on it for something as ridiculous as the opening of someone's eyes because said performer can't be arsed doing what they're paid for is something else entirely.

Blade star Wesley Snipes famously didn't get on with Blade: Trinity (2004) director David S. Goyer during the filming of the third feature in the series. Things got so bad at one stage that the pair would only converse through Post-it notes. But, the undoubted low-point of their working relationship came during a scene set in the morgue.

Snipes was lying on a table and the actor had been asked to simply open his eyes. His body double would then take over for the ensuing fight scene. However, the star outright refused to play ball and kept his eyes firmly shut on set. So, the decision was made to digitally layer a set of artificial eyes over the top of his own, which would dramatically open when the time was right.

The end result looks about as awful as you'd expect, and acts as a permanent reminder of just how surreal life got on the set of this ill-fated vampire-centric sequel.


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