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. 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.
Anachronic and carefully executed
By Jack Anderson on September 17, 2019
Coming back from a trip to Boston, I thought I’d rewatch The Departed, a movie that I was never able to appreciate.
The first thing that struck your mind is the cast & crew. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese? Yes, please.
The problem is that although we have a great casting and an equally great filmmaker, the sauce doesn’t take to me. The story is not very appealing. A contemporary mafia story? Feels anachronic.
The script is not really great and left me quite bored. There are even multiple moments into the film where I felt a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of it all.
Also, the script is very fabricated. The two opposites sleeping with the same lady...
Also, some of the outside sets were simply horrible and felt like if we were in a TV series. This is really not up to the standards of Scorsese.
I give it 6 out of 10. Very good.
I decided to celebrate the Summer Solstice by watching 'The Departed'. Don't ask me why. I had previously loved the Hong Kong-made 'Infernal Affairs' trilogy on which this is based. Usually I hate when international masterpieces get remade, but this was a sterling exception. This was controversial when it took in a cartload of Oscars, particularly finally a directorial nod for Scorsese, but don't be misled--it's easily one of his finest works.
This is my Golden Rule on both remakes in general, but especially American remakes of international (particularly foreign-language) great films. When in doubt, check the label:
The only one that can do what I do is me. Lot of people had to die for me to be me. You wanna be me?
The Departed is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, Alan Mak and Felix Chong. It stars Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Mark Rolston and Alec Baldwin. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.
An Irish gang in South Boston becomes aware there is a rat in their midst, whilst the police force has a mole to contend with - with each one trying to out each other before the other does...
Martin Scorsese remakes Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (2002) for the English speaking world, and promptly bagged his first Best Director Oscar in the process. It's a thrilling picture packed with suspense and edginess, a psychological gangster picture driven by two men leading double lives that is leading them to the abyss. When the violence comes it erupts in thunderous strokes, all while the narrative pulses with paranoia. There are some irksome contrivances, but with a uniformly strong set of turns from the cast, great musical accompaniments, and a director returning to gangster form, The Departed is a sure fire winner. 8.5/10