The Departed (2006)
Directed by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Hugo, Taxi Driver), The Departed is the cop/gangster story that crosses lines between who is a true cop and who is the real gangster. Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) graduates from the Academy and goes into the Undercover Program headed by Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Sergent Dignam (Mark Wahlberg). His assignment is to infiltrate the world of gangster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and bring him in, but what the cops don’t know is that Costello has his own rat, Sullivan (Matt Damon), with the cops. The game of cat and mouse goes back and forth as each side learns more and more about the other’s operations until each rat is discovered.
The Departed was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Scorses’s very first win for directing! It also won for Best Picture, Adapted Screen Play, Best Editing. The only loss was for Mark Wahlberg’s Best Supporting Actor. Just like Goodfellas, the Departed is a strong, powerful crime drama that is both shocking and easy to follow. I’ve seen some gangster movies in the past that I didn’t have a clue what was going on, and maybe it’s because of the huge cast, but the Departed doesn’t use “big words” to tell its story. The ending is also one that will stick in your mind for years to come, not because it’s horrible, but because it’s shocking and unexpected so don’t take your eyes off the screen. If you are a fan of Scorsese’s gritty and in-your-face story telling, then you will like this. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, and Vera Farmiga.
9/10 Stars – Another best picture winner that is entertaining from beginning to end.
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