Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.
"I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." - Frank Costello
Dude. Re-visiting this, I didn't nearly expect to like it as much. But there I was, borrowed blu-ray in the PS3, completely agog at this. I remember thinking it was brilliant first time, but the re-watch takes it to a whole other level.
So, let's review:
-Jack Nicholson. Holy bullcrap, Jack Nicholson. Why didn't he win an Oscar for this? He is simply sensational. Starting off slightly unhinged and ending completely barmy, it's a powerhouse performance from the master of powerhouse performances. If you don't believe me, just watch the scene where he imitates a 'gnawing, cheese-eating,…
Even though I had the same issues with it the first time I saw it, it is still a strong entry into the crime genre, sporting some absolutely stunning directorial flair by Scorcese and a handful of excellent performances.
There is one thing Scorcese is a master at and that is structuring a narrative. The plot is not that complex, but the narrative is and the way Scorcese connects the dots and builds tension by carefully unfolding events and interweaving different narrative strands is nothing short of amazing. As simple as cat and mouse plots are, they are not easily told and Scorcese definitely shows what he's made of here.
What I love about Scorcese doing this type of film…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is probably as near to perfect as you can get.
It has one of the best casts ever assembled - Jack Nicholson's over-the-top mob boss and Mark Wahlberg's sweary police sergeant being the highlights for me, a brilliant soundtrack and a script so memorable that I can pretty much quote the whole film. Oh, and the brutal beatdowns that nearly everyone gets in on.
Now that all that's said, I'll have a cranberry juice please.
20 Days of Dicaprio
Can only sum this up with it is one of the best films I have ever seen.
I don't know how he did it but Scorsese has managed to take a taut, gripping thriller and turn it into, well, a Scorsese film populated by half arsed OTT characterisation and unnecessary violence. The problem here is that we've seen it all before, on two counts. Firstly, anyone who is remotely interested in cinema has seen Goodfellas and I would suspect many have seen Infernal Affairs and this film is pretty much a mash up of the two. Unfortunately, in the mix it was the good, not the bad, that was flushed. The Departed is slow, undramatic and talky where the original cracked along so dramatically that cinemas could have packed in extra seats for the screening because…
There are some people who may argue that The Oscars which were awarded to The Departed were not deserved. That they were mere "Lifetime Achievements" for Mr. Scorsese, and he was being awarded for the greater films of his past, rather than the weaker effort he put out in 2006.
I am not one of those people.
In fact, I call the Departed one of Scorsese's strongest. Scorsese's direction, as well as the script, perfectly illuminates the parallel yet invert lives that Matt Damon's Sullivan and Leo DiCaprio's Costigan live. These two characters, I would argue, are some of Scorsese's most compelling characters, and really should rank up there with the characters of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
"Maybe,Maybe Not,Maybe Fuck yourself"
I have been meaning to watch this film for a while, a lot of my mates had been bigging the film up. Thinking to myself it can't be that good.
Well it fucking is.
With strong performances all round from Damon,Nicohlson,Baldwin,
Dicaprio and Walhberg this is a top class movie. A great script that had me laughing out loud even though I was alone upon viewing. Aswell as a brilliant story you cannot delay in grabbing a copy.
The Departed opens with the Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter, as a young boy departs innocence to enter the world of organized crime. Also somewhere in there is a grand tracking shot that feels both fresh and familiar. To anyone familiar with his work, it is obvious from the start you are watching a Martin Scorsese film. To some extent this is what is both wrong and right with The Departed. On one hand, you're watching a quality movie by one of the greatest film directors in history, but on the hand you know you're watching a "minor work" that doesn't feel quite as original as his better know pictures, despite the film winning Scorsese his first best director and…
This movie belongs on the same list of great mob dramas as "GodFather", "Casino", and "GoodFellas". In my opinion, this movie is what has restarted DiCaprio's career.
A definite must-watch, and it's amazing that my personal favorite character is so horribly under-used in this movie.
Watch, and you'll more than likely feel the same.
When this movie came to the cinema one of my friends told I had to see it because, having known me for over 10 years by that point, she knew it had everything I want in a movie. She was pretty much right- from the Jack Nicholson narration over Gimmie Shelter to Mark Wahlberg happily cast as a Bostonian prick. I was so happy to have seen it on the big screen; after the slight disappointments of Aviator and Gangs of New York, one of my all-time favorite directors was back and doing what he does best.
This film grows on me every time I see it. Terrific performances and obviously well directed. The couple complaints I have are very small indeed. I recently saw Infernal Affairs which this is a remake of and I must say that I believe this one is quite an improvement, which is rare in remakes.
pretty good. what a symbolic ending.