Martin Scorcese is all that has to be said, a brilliant director with a brilliant knowledge and first hand experience of the "gangster" life, with films such as Mean streets and goodfellas that are classics, and this does not differ what so ever! This is a brilliant movie with well known actors and the storyline is genius, any person who likes this type of movie should own it, end of. Based on the asian film Infernal affairs, hopefully there will be a sequel! There is not much i can say about this film except that is is brilliant and should be a part of anyones collection! Well done Scorcese.
Martin Scorsese"s Oscar winning, re-imagined remake of Wai Keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak"s 'Infernal Affairs' was my choice for best film of 2006, and one of the few awards season pictures worthy of acclaim. In many ways, this was the kind of movie that Scorsese"s sometime collaborator; Michael Mann was hoping to make with 'Miami Vice', but whereas that didn"t quite work for a variety of reasons, 'The Departed', in much the same way as Mann did in 'Heat' and 'Collateral', uses its simple storyline (i.e. undercover cop infiltrates the mob whilst undercover mobster infiltrates the cops) to great effect. Allowing Scorsese"s heavyweight cast maximum room for manoeuvre, characterisation, and despite some outrageous gangland clichés, recreating an arena of small scale neo-realism, not seen in Hollywood since the days of John Cassavettes and films like 'Gloria' or 'The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie'.
Jack Nicholson is excellent as usual; all thunder & lightening in his drug-fuelled, larger-than-life portrayal of Irish-American Mafioso Frank Costello, Leonardo DiCaprio (in his third Scorsese film) imbues his cop character with an aloof coolness, and to his credit, rarely looks out of place amongst the hard-men and heavies of the Boston underworld, Vera Farmiga has a hard time with her role as a Massachusetts P.D. physiatrist, though complex women characters, save memorable variations on the gangster"s moll in 'Goodfellas' and 'Casino', have never been Scorsese"s forte, and the love triangle (despite alluding to Matt Damon"s character"s sexual problems which could stem from his Catholic upbringing and implied ecumenical buggery) isn"t very engaging, and serves only as a means with which to connect Damon and DiCaprio"s characters. Martin Sheen is always a welcome addition to any movie, though its 'The Departed"s' supporting actors, namely Alec Baldwin and Mark Whalberg, who add some much needed humour to the proceedings (Alec"s marriage pep talk to Matt Damon on the driving range is hilarious). And speaking of Matt Damon, its 'Goodwill Hunting"s' golden boy who ultimately goes onto steal the show. Its hard to believe that the same grinning Bostonian who ambled around in 'All The Pretty Horses', grossed out in 'Stuck On You', lost himself in pretentious faux film 'Gerry' was lampooned in 'Team America' ("Mat Daaamon") and teed off an exercise in cinematic tedium with 'The Legend Of Bagger Vance' would go onto outshine the likes of Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Leonardo DiCaprio. Harder still to fathom how the guy best known for his outings as secret agent Jason Bourne and 'Dogma"s' gun totting fallen angel; Loki, turned in not one, but three, stunning, career defining performances last year, with 'Syriana', 'The Departed' and CIA drama 'The Good Shepard'. All hail Matt Damon, or as he might"ve said way back when: "How"d ya like them apples?"
Michael Powell once described Scorsese as "The Goya of Tenth Avenue", in which case 'The Departed' would be his take on 'Fight With Cudgels'. His first fictional picture since 1993"s 'The Age Of Innocence' is also his most mainstream since 'Cape Fear' (another remake) in 1991, and though Scorsese reuses 'The Rolling Stones' track 'Gimme Shelter' (last heard during Joe Pesci"s crack addled Nevada rampage in 'Casino') this picture is nowhere near as violent as some the auteur"s previous films. 'The Departed' borrows freely from classic film noirs like 'White Heat' whilst allowing Marty to revisit themes from contemporary noirs like 'Reservoir Dogs' / 'City On Fire', 'State Of Grace' and even retread ground covered in the underrated 'Gangs Of New York' & 'Mean Streets' (i.e. Christianity & violence). A rather convoluted, yet spectacularly tense, final act does stray somewhat into mob melodrama territory, and whilst 'Goodfellas' is still Scorsese"s finest hour, 'The Departed' chimes in a second later: A gripping, powerful, well directed, well acted drama. Ands that's that.
Martin Scorsese's newest film is a tightly constructed, stylishly filmed crime thriller, with excellent tour de force performances from the whole large cast. The film follows two duelling undercover operations as the mob infiltrates the Boston PD, while the police in turn infiltrate the mob. The twists and suspense are constant and gripping, and Jack Nicholson is truly epic as the scenery-chewing crime boss. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio are also impressive throughout.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Oscar-winning crime thriller from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The Massachusetts State Police Department in South Boston is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organised crime ring. The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from the inside. A young rookie, Bill Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), is assigned to infiltrate the mob run by Costello. While Billy is working to gain Costello's trust, another young cop, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), is quickly rising through the ranks of the state police. Earning a spot in the Special Investigations Unit, Colin is among a handful of elite officers whose mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don't know is that Colin is working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.
Oscar-winning crime thriller from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The Massachusetts State Police Department in South Boston is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organised crime ring. The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from the inside. A young rookie, Bill Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), is assigned to infiltrate the mob run by Costello. While Billy is working to gain Costello's trust, another young cop, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), is quickly rising through the ranks of the state police. Earning a spot in the Special Investigations Unit, Colin is among a handful of elite officers whose mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don't know is that Colin is working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.