Ten '90s Films With Technology That Didn't Age Well

One thing you must love about the movies is they have the ability to make things that are fake look real. Over time, the methods of making this happen become a bit dated because technology changes. Unfortunately for some of these films, the technology used to make the films plot line (such as Twister) become key to the overall story - thus weakening the overall plot.

Air Force One Though the film has done okay despite the fact that since its initial 1997 release, 9/11 happened, there is one scene that has made this film show its age: the crash sequence.

Twister When Twister came out in 1996, everyone praised it for its CGI graphics. Now the tornadoes as depicted in the film, in retrospect, look like the CGI equivalent of a child's science fair project. Also, we know now that using a cellphone during any storm is not a smart idea. The film is like a bad episode of Mad About You albeit with storm chasers.

Ghost To its credit, Ghost is a good film when it comes to the plot - especially compared to it's predecessor Just Like Heaven. However, the graphics show their age in scenes where Sam (played by Patrick Swayze) sees the light while Molly (Demi Moore) mourns, anytime Sam walks through an object and when Willie and Carl's souls are taken to hell by demons.

The Rocketeer For a movie about flying and man's love of flight, you would think that this film would have better flight scenes. That's not the case.

Bicentennial Man Though it comes across as a kindly version of Blade Runner, Bicentennial Man's portrayal of technology looks dated and the robots look like sleeker versions of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Hollow Man The film stars Kevin Bacon as a scientist who tries to become invisible via a concocted serum. However, the CGI in this film blend the graphics very poorly. Ironically enough, the special effects garnered the film an Oscar nomination in 2001 for Best Visual Effects.

Forrest Gump Though the film itself remains a classic due to its storyline, the scenes where Forrest meets various figures from history (President John F. Kennedy, the scene at Ol' Miss, John Lennon on The Dick Cavett Show, etc) look dated compared to modern holographic technology.

The Net Since this film's release in 1995, technology has drastically changed and identity theft and hacking are much more widespread. However, this would be pretty cool as a remake.

Titanic Though the film was probably the most-loved film of the '90s and has even been re-released in 3D, the original film hasn't aged well because of the now-outdated technology used to make some of the crowd scenes. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, there was one scene that was changed for the re-release of the film: the night sky scene. The director put in the actual placements of the stars at the time the ship sank.

Flubber Flubber screams "I'm computer-generated" much like Bit does in Tron. It also looks like the filmmakers at Walt Disney used the same or similar technology (albeit maybe an earlier version of such) as they did in Hollow Man.

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