25 best movie CGI effects ever

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Water's always been a tricky thing to get right on screen – witness all those ropey old model shots of ships, where the water doesn't scale properly – but CGI's made it possible to create realistic shots of water on a grand scale. A case in point is the flooding of Manhattan in eco-disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow – which called on Digital Domain to conjure up a tidal wave of water that accurately flowed through the streets of New York. The film itself was more of a damp squib. 

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