The Departed (2006)
USA / English
"Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it? "Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities.
Martin Scorsese Hits the Streets Again!
Please don't make negative comments like some of the aforementioned
people have been doing if you haven't seen the film yet! I have seen
it, at a press screening last week. Not only is it the best film of the
year so far, it marks a return to form for Martin Scorsese, and ranks
with the likes of GOODFELLAS as being one of the best in his canon of
I'm a fan of the Hong Kong film, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, upon which this is
based. While THE DEPARTED keeps the basic structure of the original, it
is very much its own movie, so much so that the screenwriter, William
Monahan, didn't even watch the original film while adapting its
screenplay, thus enabling him to infuse the script with his, and
Scorsese's, respective visions.
All the actors are first-rate (yes, even Leo, for all you DiCaprio
bashers out there), and turn in some of their best performances to
date. THE DEPARTED is sure to garner a host of Oscar nods, if not wins,
including (hopefully) Scorsese's long-overdue statuette for Best
Director. Plus, with actors like Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin playing
supporting roles, that says a lot about the quality of the film they
signed up for! THE DEPARTED is tough stuff, not for the faint-of-heart.
That said, it is a must-see for adult viewers who long for intelligent,
gritty stories to grace our movie screens once again.
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