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Best Effects Movies

  • 2012

    2012 (PG-13, 2009)

    John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt
    Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyp... read moretic sci-fi thriller following the prophecy stated by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt round out the cast of this end-of-the-world thriller co-scripted by the director and his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer, Harald Kloser. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • tylerrosin54
      tylerrosin54: . Great special effects but plot was generic and nothing special.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • armstrongmichele
      armstrongmichele: . The visual effects are undeniably impressive. Too bad the movie around them sucks. The acting is average, the d
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb1619580064
      fb1619580064: . 60 minutes had gone past and I had tired of the special effects.

      It's a shame that such a long amount of time was spent easing you into the movie. You know
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • Jumper

    Jumper (PG-13, 2008)

    Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane
    Following up his blockbuster action hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith, director Doug Liman turns to an entirely... read more new genre -- sci-fi -- for this tale of an underground world of teleporters. Based on the novel by Steven Gould, Jumper concerns David (Hayden Christensen), a young man who quite literally wills himself away from his grim family life by teleporting to another place with the power of his mind. Years later, David is using his powers to raid bank vaults, seduce girls in London, lunch on the pyramids, and surf in Fiji. But he soon discovers that he is not the only one bestowed with this unique gift, and all is not well in the world of jumpers. There are people out there, such as Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), who view jumpers as a threat to all humankind, and have made it their mission in life to eliminate them. After jumping back to Michigan to get reacquainted with his long lost love, Millie (Rachel Bilson), David makes the acquaintance of experienced jumper Griffin (Jamie Bell). Informed by Griffin of a secret between jumpers and a shadowy group that seeks to destroy them, the pair soon finds themselves facing off against a legion of murderous opponents who won't stop fighting until every last jumper has been eliminated. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
    • fb614682813
      fb614682813: Although the premise is fascinating and the effects are fantastic, Christiensen completely kills this film.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • mataiwaizu
      mataiwaizu: cool effects and I liked that it showed some nice shots of sites around the world. Story was kinda jumbul
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • fb653895056
      fb653895056: I fear the effects outweighed the story, but still a good watch.
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park (PG-13, 1993)

    Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck
    Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art s... read morepecial effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri from George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. The film follows two dinosaur experts -- Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler Laura Dern) -- as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from pre-historic insects, Hammond has been able to create living dinosaurs for his new Jurassic Park, an immense animal preserve housing real brachiosaurs, dilophosaurs, triceratops, velociraptors, and a Tyrannosaur Rex. Accompanied by cynical scientist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who is obsessed with chaos theory, and Hammond's two grandchildren (Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello), they are sent on a tour through Hammond's new resort in computer controlled touring cars. But as a tropical storm hits the island, knocking out the power supply, and an unscrupulous employee (Wayne Knight) sabotages the system so that he can smuggle dinosaur embryos out of the park, the dinosaurs start to rage out of control. Grant then has to bring Hammond's grandchildren back to safety as the group is pursued by the gigantic man-eating beasts. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    The Day After Tomorrow (PG-13, 2004)

    Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward
    What if we are on the brink of a new Ice Age? This is the question that haunts climatologic Jack Hal... read morel. Hall's research indicates that global warming could trigger an abrupt and catastrophic shift in the planet's climate. While Jack warns the White House of the impending climate shift, his 17 year-old son Sam finds himself trapped in New York City where he and some friends have been competing in a high school academic competition. He must now cope with the severe flooding and plummeting temperatures in Manhattan. Having taken refuge inside the Manhattan Public Library, Sam manages to reach his father by phone. Jack only has time for one warning: stay inside at all costs. As full-scale, massive evacuations to the south begin, Jack heads north to New York City to save Sam. But not even Jack is prepared for what is about to happen--to him, to his son, and to his planet.
    • fb100000625794833
      fb100000625794833: Special effects are great but that's about the only positive note to make!
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb1843304860
      fb1843304860: . Although it had really good special effects, the movie didn't keep me engaged very long after the disaster scenes were over. The dialogu
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • fb100004134512845
      fb100004134512845: . It's action packed, crazy weather scenes and ohh the special effects are wow. They give the movie a 4 out of 5 alone I was really impressed with them. I actually
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
  • Spawn

    Spawn (PG-13, 1997)

    John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Melinda Clarke
    One of the most popular independent comic books of its decade was transformed into this dark, bloody... read more adventure intended to launch a profitable superhero franchise. Michael Jai White stars as Al Simmons, a corrupt assassin betrayed and murdered by his evil government supervisor, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Sent to Hell, Simmons is offered a chance to return to the earthly plane if he will become a "Hellspawn" ("Spawn" for short), one of many super-powered creatures assigned to encourage living souls along the path to damnation. Simmons hastily agrees to this deal and becomes a twisted, scarred version of his former self, living in a dingy alleyway, with no hope of regaining his life, as several years have passed and his wife Wanda (Theresa Randle) has married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald (D.B. Sweeney). Despite the best efforts of his mentor, a demonic clown (John Leguizamo), Spawn performs mostly heroic acts, though he is not above seeking revenge on Wynn. Despite the film's middling box office take, plans for a sequel were announced. The same summer that Spawn was released, the comic was also the basis of a well-received cable TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • fb858625493
      fb858625493: . The movie appears to rely on a special effects budget to make up for the lame script and a movie which just doesn't appear to flow. On top
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: Although dated, Spawn features good visual effects and some fairly good action sequences.
      That's all I have to say about what I enjoyed, becaus
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • fb526676639
      fb526676639: .
      It also seemed like it could've been made for TV. Especially with the terrible CGI and special effects.
      Reviewed 11 months days ago