15 Before And After Photos That Reveal What Movies Look Like Without Visual Effects

When we think about movie visual effects, we envision scenes of gigantic robots, post-apocalyptic worlds and Michael Bay-style explosions because we have been enthralled by the fantastic scenes brought alive in famous Hollywood movies. Without such added effects, many movies would simply lose their magic as they rely on images that are impossible to shoot in the real world.

Movies like Gravity and Life of Pi have won the Oscars for visual effects, while The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness have been nominated for the same awards. But would you recognise any of these popular movies without their added special effects?

Use the slider to see the huge difference that visual effects make to these movies.


Gravity Without CGIGravity

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 Without CGIIron Man 3

Life of Pi

Life of Pi Without CGILife of Pi

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim CGIPacific Rim

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Without CGIThe Walking Dead
The Walking Dead Helicopter Scene Without CGIThe Walking Dead Helicopter Scene

Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty Without CGIUgly Betty

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Without CGIThe Great Gatsby


Paranoia Without CGIParanoia


Episodes Without CGIEpisodes

Deadly Honeymoon

Deadly Honeymoon Without CGIDeadly Honeymoon

The Avengers

The Avengers Without CGIThe Avengers

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger Without CGIThe Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Without CGIStar Trek Into Darkness

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street Without CGIThe Wolf of Wall Street

Wow, what a world of difference visual effects make to these movies. Apart from computer-generated imagery, special effects makeup also play a huge part in making movies come alive. Share this with others below.