Here’s 5: Groundbreaking CGI Moments in 80s Movies

The use of CGI is invaluable in many modern films and has become so advanced that most viewers aren’t able to even detect when some subtle uses of it are on screen. But they also help bring to life the imaginations of filmmaker’s visions and we have grown accustomed to their realism. But it took time to grow. Today’s Here’s 5 are groundbreaking CGI moments in 80s movies.



Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

In the first sequel and often cited as the best in the Star Trek franchise, this early use of CGI showed the Genesis Device, a probe that can terraform an entire planet, do its magic. It follows its crash into the target world and explosive transformation. A pretty impressive sequence at the time, it still holds up as a visual demonstration of the awesome power of both the fictional device and real-life CGI.

Tron (1982)

Using lengthy amounts of computer-generated images, it was the film's exciting Light Cycle sequence that remains the first extensive use of the technology in the movies with a total of 15 minutes running time. While dated by today's standards, it was mind-blowing at the time and representative of a futuristic gaming experience. Plus, it's freaking awesome.

The Last Starfighter (1984)

When a young man is recruited to fight in a galactic war, the filmmakers created the first computer-generated images that represent real-world objects, rendering the now iconic spaceship. Impossible to believe now, at the time, this was like nothing audiences had seen before.

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

This science fiction story for kids sees a boy transported 8 years into the future by alien technology. The spaceship seen in the film represents the first use of what's called 'reflection mapping' and gave the flying saucer great depth and realism. We take it for granted today, but this was a landmark moment.

The Abyss (1988)

Director James Cameron's epic underwater sci-fi adventure sees a group of oil drillers using a prototype machine for deep water drilling discovering alien-like creatures living at the bottom of the ocean. The water tentacle is the first 3d CGI-animated water in film and served as a testing ground for Cameron's next film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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