The Departed: Review




“I don’t wanna be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.”

Opening lines by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) to what I can safely say is one of the best commercial films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time. It’s almost as good as Martin Scorsese’s much acclaimed Goodfellas, if not better.

The film follows the lives of two men, Billy Costigan (Di Caprio in a flawless performance) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon in a mindblowing turn as the bad guy) both of whom have graduated as Cadets but find different callings. Billy has the looks and the family history of a hardened man and so gets a job as an undercover cop trying to infiltrate a mafia ring headed by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson looking slick as ever) while Colin works as a mole in the State Police for Frank (whom he calls Dad thereby playing up the father-son angle in the flick). As the movie progresses, the body count and the f-word count pile up like crazy. And oh yeah…there’s a girl too; a girl attracted to dangerous men! 🙂 The third act leads to a very harrowing climax that has to be seen to be believed!

The supporting cast is superb. Mark Wahlberg (I love this guy!), Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin add to the excellent cast. Scriptwriter William Monahan (Kingdom of Heaven)  adds depth to its characters and an acerbic quality to its witty dialog. The cinematography by Michael Ballhaus is brooding and dark, capturing the character of Boston. Boston has never sounded or looked this good since Good Will Hunting. The score by Howard Shore is good but the song, Comfortably Numb stands out throughout.

If this doesn’t get Martin Scorcese the Oscar, then I say screw the Oscars! This is as good a movie you’ll ever watch.  A must see! 9/10

“Where’s your mother?”

“She’s on her way out.”

“We all are. Act accordingly.”

This movie is rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material…and not without reason.

Edit: I left out a lot of things about the flick previously, which can be attributed to the fact that the movie had me jumping with glee like a little girl. So here goes.

A basic theme of the movie is the age old argument between heridity and upbringing. The effect that the statement Frank Costello makes (“…when there’s a loaded gun to your head, what’s the difference?”) to the little Colin is profound.

There is another scene where Madlyn (Vera Farmiga) shows Colin a framed picture of herself as a little girl to which he reacts negatively, thereby bringing out his character; his insecurity towards parent-son intimacy. On the other hand, Costigan hangs the same picture up on the wall thereby bringing out his more vulnerable side.

Trivia: Robert Deniro was first approached to play the role of either Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) or Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) but refused because he was directing his own flick, The Good shepherd (which incidentally stars Matt Damon).

There are only two scenes where Di Caprio and Matt Damon share the screen.


11 Responses to “The Departed: Review”

  1. 1 bApHoMEt

    That was fast bro.

    “It’s almost as good as Martin Scorsese’s much acclaimed Goodfellas, if not better.” Woah! I got to see this.

  2. @Baphomet You know…honestly I liked this better than Goodfellas…but then again, it’s only opinion. But you can’t beat Joe Pesci’s smart liners! 🙂

  3. Man can’t wait to c it. Hmm it hasn’t released here in Chennai yet. Anyways…

  4. @daedalus Bitch! you shudve been there! was awesome! shudve seen the girls faces…they liked it anyhow.:-)

  5. 5 bApHoMEt

    girls liked the departed? i thought all the girls did in india was watch shah rukh khans and the hrithik roshans hehehe.

  6. That’s not all true I think. I mean girls in India do love SRK [temme about it :P], but the good thing they ALSO love Departed :-)! Which is awesome btw!!

    And @ bApHoMEt [pain to type in ur name man, have to do the Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V mantra from now on] dude, you should see the amount of foreign chicks fida on SRK. SRK posters are one of the hottest selling posters in Germany :-)!! Coming next only to Ballack and Hitler :P!!

  7. @Baphomet (im going to ignore the alteranting uppercase and lower case): The fact is most girls will definetly watch an SRK flick over a flick like The Departed any day and I was surprised that they actually liked it…

  8. 8 soorajrox

    “Four thumbs up”(included my toes too…ohh u don’t call them thumbs ,do ya?)
    – Sooraj
    (a humble guy with no leading journal name )

  9. 9 soorajrox

    Martin Scorsese won’t be winning any Oscars for “The Departed.” The movie’s too hard, too pulpy — too good .

    that was good

  10. @sooraj Like I said, screw the Oscars! 🙂

  11. 11 soorajrox

    oscar….hmmm…never liked some of those confirmations..
    like…russel getting the oscar for gladiator instead of densel washington gettin it for “The Hurricane”
    densel washington getting it for training day instead of russel crowe getting it for a beautiful mind

    fuck it, screw the oscars

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