Special effects are becoming increasingly high-tech. When done properly, computer-generated imagery allows filmmakers to create seemingly impossible scenes and situations, including CGI faces of A-list actors. However, lousy CGI in films and TV shows ends up looking silly.
The worst CGI scenes in 2018 movies and television don't only look terrible, they can also distract viewers. Imagery should complement what's happening on camera. Even large theatrical hits with huge budgets can suffer from iffy effects. Look through these examples, and you'll agree: some 2018 productions would benefit from no CGI at all.
Samson is about the biblical hero who receives extraordinary strength from God. While the majority of the special effects are disappointing, Sampson's fight scene is the most offensive. He wrestles a lion, but the animal is visibly fake.
The film 2036 Origin Unknown focuses on Mackenzie Wilson (Katee Sackhoff) and an artificial intelligence machine named ARTi (voiced by Steven Cree). Mackenzie and the AI travel to Mars to investigate a newly discovered object.
The film is full of bad CGI, but ARTi is the most unpleasant with amateur visual effects.
During a second season episode of Riverdale "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt," viewers see Hal Cooper's (Lochlyn Munro) shockingly unrealistic green eyes, similar to the Black Hood serial killer's. Unfortunately, the dramatic moment suffers from the obvious CGI. The character's crazy eye color makes the killer's identity too easy to guess.
Black Panther features digital visual effects in many scenes where real actors or action would prove impossible or too dangerous. Though numerous CGI moments don't detract from the overall experience, a few sequences do. The scene when Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) battles enemies while jumping on moving cars is particularly bizarre. The faux Black Panther hardly looks human and doesn't move believably at all.