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Departed, The
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by Erik Childress

"Will Somebody Please Give These People Some Oscars?"
5 stars

Once in a great while a film comes along that just oozes the kind of life blood that moviegoers can be re-energized with. Like junkies we perk out of our perpetual shakes craving the next fix from any of the great directors who have earned their keep and rarely fail to deliver something of at least the bare minimum of quality. Martin Scorsese is one of those directors. Recently caught up in the mediaís obsession to finally get one of the greatest filmmakers (living or dead) an Oscar, Scorseseís flawed Gangs of New York (thanks to studio interference) and near greatness with The PG-13 Aviator were just a couple degrees off the dial of what old school Martin-ites hoped for. But when you hear those first bars of Gimme Shelter pepper the opening frames of The Departed followed by Jack Nicholsonís shadow-basked introduction and 19-minute pre-title prologue, Heaven has come calling for moviegoers to experience the purest, toughest and most unabashed Scorsese film since GoodFellas.

Nicholsonís Frank Costello is the man who can walk anywhere in Boston and inspire fear, even in the local clergy. As a young man, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) was taken under his wing, (the result of respect for his father) and would grow up to rise in the ranks of the state police. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) also came from money (the legitimate kind) but he rejected the family members who left his dying mother behind and also signed up for the Academy. This angry, rebellious streak is not lost on the superiors who snatch him up for a special assignment. Soft-spoken Oliver Queenan (Martin Sheen) and insult-laden, Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) recognize Costiganís own neighborhood connections to Costello and assign him to take an identity-erasing mission to infiltrate his gang.

Even with their own Donnie Brasco uneasily gaining the trust of their mark, Costelloís success is ensured by Sullivanís tipoffs. Their failed efforts to take the crime boss on any number of major scores lead Sullivanís boss, Ellerby (Alec Baldwin), and others within the department to smell a rat within their own ranks. With Queenanís office failing to provide details of their operations or their operators, Costiganís identity is safe for the time being. But Sullivanís leaks make Costello increasingly paranoid about his crew and Costigan further spiraling towards the madness that his death may be imminent and all for naught.

If the cast list isnít enough already to get you out to see this film, bear in mind I havenít even mentioned Ray Winstone as Costelloís right-hand man, Vera Farmiga as the police psychiatrist charmed by Sullivan and challenged by Costigan, and Anthony Anderson as an Academy mate of Costigan now working alongside Sullivan. Without their presence, The Departed would still be a symphony of tough-guy speak and enriched plotting thanks to William Monahanís adaptation of the well-respected 2002 Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs (which inspired two sequels), but an extension of its inner turmoil and set pieces.

Fans of the original will slowly begin to recognize little touches Scorsese transfers over including DiCaprioís cast, the theater meeting and the training montage including his beloved gun firing into the camera. Much of the filmís extension comes in fleshing out the opening act and giving all its turns time to breathe towards its explosive conclusion. Where those familiar with those turns are going to bask in Scorseseís work are in the ways the raids and chases are delivered with such an authoritative tension allowed by Monahanís excavation of his three leadís psyches. We are so ensconced in the careful moves by Costigan and Sullivan to conceal their identities (while desperately trying to discover them) that it doesnít take any fancy editing or tricks in key scenes where their encounters desperately cannot allow either of them to see the otherís face or hear the otherís voice. Lengthening the film by more than 45 minutes, The Departed remains quite faithful to the events of the original (and if you havenít seen it, wait), but Scorsese adds some precious nods including making one of Costelloís deals with an Asian gang and the kind of doublecrossiní blood-spraying gunplay that requires you to keep your blink quotient at a minimum.

Nicholsonís career in many ways has been recognized by the public through his villainous turns. Jack Torrance (The Shining), Daryl Van Horne (The Witches of Eastwick), The Joker (Batman) and Col. Nathan Jessup (A Few Good Men) are just a smattering of a 50-year career that has produced 12 Oscar nominations and three statuettes. His work in The Departed puts ďyou canít handle the truthĒ to a shame, inspiring an overture to villainy the same way Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter did with their first appearances and melding a brand of brains, impudence, psychosis and unpredictability to where you might be the next victim. How has it taken this long to get Nicholson and Scorsese together and how long will it take to declare their first collaboration with landmark status?

As much of a centerpiece performance as Nicholsonís is, he is equaled with just about everyone in front and behind him in the credits. DiCaprioís role is a difficult one, as his increased hysteria and baggage make him a rather angry and unpleasant individual to be around. And yet we empathize and fear for him as heís forced into this service just wanting to make a difference and coming out the other end with no one knowing who he is. Itís the kind of dangerous, charismatic performance that may officially put him into Brandoís territory. Damonís role is equally as difficult as the well-scrubbed and charming guy also trying to do some good, but has a loyalty to his benefactor that leads to some rather despicable decisions. Itís a credit to both actors that we are thrust into situations where we want to see them both succeed. Also thriving is Mark Wahlberg with a fiery, unblinking turn that (Huckabees aside) is his best work since Boogie Nights and testament that actors turn it up a notch for Scorsese. And if The Departed wasnít already filled with award-level performances, Alec Baldwinís scenes as kind of the looser flipside of Glengarryís taskmaster would be getting serious attention.

There is so much to love and to praise about The Departed that it transcends such crude labels as just ďthe next great crime film.Ē Itís procedural and suspense-laden, cross-generational and cross-continental, twist-filled and still a thrice-character study. Moreso than even Infernal Affairs, its practically a modern redux of his own Gangs of New York with DiCaprio infiltrating the villainous gang lord who respected his father but contiguous with a Patriot Act view of America where technology is all for naught if the humans behind them arenít communicating for the common victory. Who can be trusted anymore? How much damage is capable of being done while those enforcing the law wait for the big score? How many sleeper cells are liable to pop up in the meantime even after you get the man in charge? Those are towering questions which supercede the fear that Scorsese may lose out another Oscar to an actor-turned-director. But he absolutely deserves to win.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell FANTASTIC 5 stars
6/12/17 Jill G Taxi Driver it ain't. Love the review! 3 stars
1/17/17 jason outstanding movie 5 stars
4/26/16 Ken A great movie with a great ensemble cast. 5 stars
8/25/15 Big T 93% on RT don't mean jack. Like Big D, so fake this film. 2 stars
7/01/15 stanley welles exciting, entertaining and beautifully crafted 5 stars
4/25/15 Terror A Scorsese masterpiece 5 stars
8/30/14 yelakilla Scorsese best movie post 2000 5 stars
7/28/14 The king A near masterpiece 5 stars
4/14/14 Jason MINDBLOWING FILM 5 stars
3/23/14 Justin R. Best Scorsese film that Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in, so far. 5 stars
11/22/13 Lord Fantastic film 5 stars
10/29/13 The Big D Give mobsters a little credit--they can't be this cheesy, tacky, and fakey! 1 stars
11/18/12 Sean Harrison Classic gangster movie and one of Scorcese's best. 5 stars
1/25/12 Tom A mess ..How this won an Oscar I'll never know 2 stars
9/17/11 Steve When a film gets a 93% rating on rottentomatoes then it means you suck, not the film. 5 stars
6/25/11 DR A VERY slick fil with a VERY weak plot 1 stars
1/06/11 Derek Anyone who liked this movie is gay 1 stars
10/30/10 the dork knight Anyone who 1 stars this movie is teh gay. 5 stars
8/19/10 PAUL SHORTT POTENT, GRIPPING, WELL MADE AND WELL ACTED 4 stars
6/27/10 Ken Sloppy. This film has Scorsese's name and that's it. 2 stars
6/11/10 Flathead King The Deparated may be the best film since Raise the Red Lantern. 5 stars
4/17/10 HY Movie sucks and so does the music. Not inspiring at all. 1 stars
12/25/09 a b 5 stars
11/09/09 Jeff Wilder Scorsese's best since Goodfellas 5 stars
9/29/09 Abel Too long and horribly done. A film only for those who lack imagination. 1 stars
8/05/09 Monday Morning The feelgood movie of the year, in a year of feelgood movies! 5 stars
6/28/09 will tenner very avergage movie, the original was way better and this remake is more recognised. Fuck 1 stars
6/09/09 Janis No. Just say no. 2 stars
6/03/09 alma m. the best of the best, brilliant Scorsese!!!! 5 stars
5/08/09 matt are you guys fucking serious? AMAZING MOVIE!!!!! 5 stars
3/04/09 Ryu Thumbs down. Too many unbelievable, forced concepts. Implausible at best and un-original. 2 stars
12/31/08 Bob This was simply un-interesting, devoid of good characters, and had a terrible ending 1 stars
12/26/08 David People who overpraise this crap film should eat shit and die 2 stars
11/16/08 Zach Any1 giving this a bad rating is a fuckin retard... eat shit and die 5 stars
9/22/08 don Crap. This director has done much better 1 stars
8/30/08 another one wannabe gangster film, despite good acting 1 stars
8/23/08 Stewie Awful. just plain awful. 1 stars
8/22/08 pantera terrible film. Internal affairs was way better 1 stars
7/02/08 Rydd15 Ugh. Can't believe they are thinking about a prequel or sequel. UGH! 1 stars
6/29/08 rydd14 The way characters are all connected in some way is very intriguing. 5 stars
6/14/08 Kluya should had been called Inferior Affairs 2 stars
5/11/08 Jacko It'll take Scorsese a million tries to get this remake right. 1 stars
3/26/08 Jann Lee This movie blows. 2 stars
3/18/08 Briseis Gave the Irish in Boston a good name...thanks Scorsese!!!! 5 stars
3/01/08 mormor613 Gripping, well acted ... a favorite of mine 5 stars
1/06/08 Scorflapy A pointless, carbon remake of a better movie. Thumbs down. 2 stars
12/28/07 Anne Maybe Sully there would like to repalce the great Thelma Schoonmaker!!! 5 stars
10/27/07 The Rock Biggest piece of Monkey crap that the Rock has ever seen! 1 stars
7/26/07 Homer Makes IA look like a masterpiece. 1 stars
7/14/07 Tracey Chambers loved it. nice story, decent acting. and mark walhberg. 5 stars
6/26/07 paul Too many inplausible story gaps and character connections. 2 stars
5/30/07 ES Decent, not earth shattering but entertaining 4 stars
5/15/07 Mary This movie sucks and what is with the circus-like music. Overall Bad. 1 stars
5/04/07 Indychick At least 30 minutes too long. Bloated, rehash, tiresome 3 stars
4/15/07 ad nice 4 stars
4/14/07 Charles Tatum Solid remake, but Scorsese has done better 4 stars
4/07/07 Philo Beddoe Is this reviewer on Scorcese's payroll? Nicholson is a parody of himself as usual. 4 stars
3/30/07 Indrid Cold Despite solid script and acting, fails to deliver megawatt drama and tension. Overrated. 4 stars
3/22/07 Sean Y. Highly overrated film of 2006 2 stars
3/22/07 Fred Kwerk An ordinary movie that fails to impress 2 stars
3/20/07 Keagan OK movie. Casino and Goodfellas certainly much better. 3 stars
3/19/07 Heather Amazing. I was absolutely blown away and can't wait to see it again. 5 stars
3/14/07 johnny it was no "Goodfellas" 3 stars
3/07/07 Butt Scorsese-lite 4 stars
3/03/07 Paul Wood Absolutely souless film, with flawed plotting. Pans Labryinth head and shoulders above!! 1 stars
3/01/07 Lola lacks intelligence and slickness. Undeserving movie that wins an oscar. 1 stars
2/28/07 paul absolutely great 5 stars
2/27/07 Keystra Williams This really is the best movie I've seen in a LONG time 5 stars
2/27/07 Jim Scorsese won the pity award. How nice. 1 stars
2/26/07 Eli Friggin' BRILLIANT!!!! I wanna give everyone an oscar, totally deserved best pic 5 stars
2/24/07 Quigley An amazing achievement by Scorsese that wil become a crime classic, but extremely vulgar 4 stars
2/22/07 Corndog "Departed" is a misnomer. Should have been titled "Evacuated". 1 stars
2/19/07 Lawrence Volpe Absolute classic. Superb achievement in all areas. 5 stars
2/19/07 mjw Work in the yard, it will be more entertaining. 1 stars
2/18/07 neznamo Nicholson shines like flames in hell, suspenseful enough, but bummer ending 4 stars
2/18/07 malcolm too much development, some sloppy editing, very tense once it gets going though 4 stars
2/13/07 AJ Muller Superb acting, characters; pitch-perfect script and direction. Stellar crime drama. 5 stars
2/13/07 action movie fan gritty,tough clever twists-real guy film better than goodfellas and casino but not apocylyp 4 stars
2/09/07 Dense What are the critics thinking? Especially IGN, a Nine? I'll never trust critics again. 2 stars
2/08/07 ganja i am very disapointed... best scorsese since Goodfellas....worst scorsese ever......... 2 stars
2/08/07 Thing characters are one-dimensional, and the script lacks any slickness. Rental at most. 2 stars
2/07/07 UGB Brilliant movie - must see 5 stars
2/06/07 jhwallacejr thrilling, superb acting, surprise ending 5 stars
2/05/07 Sully THIS movie needed a Hollywood Bitch Slap! Needs editing.Lame ending 2 stars
2/05/07 William Goss Dense and aggressive entertainment, but not as lean and tragic as IA. 4 stars
1/28/07 Danny Unoriginal and pointless. 2 stars
1/26/07 Anika Thought this movie was absolutely Bril! A definite Must 5 stars
1/25/07 Christopher I don't like gory films but this one had me from the first scene, the best of 06, suberb 5 stars
1/22/07 Linda Terrible. Plain Awful. Banal dialogue and trite acting. 1 stars
12/21/06 Ketchup This film will be forgotten soon and Scorsese will go on with another pilfering spree. 2 stars
12/06/06 Bitchflaps Trite script, uneven pacing, Damon is one-note, Dicaprio too sophomoric for his role. 2 stars
11/29/06 Drew Galletti I loved it 5 stars
11/20/06 Michele the tirle truly fits 5 stars
11/18/06 Nicole I enjoyed the movie up until the ending....what the hell?!? 4 stars
11/17/06 Tobey Another example why their shouldn't be remakes. America is totally running out of ideas. 2 stars
11/15/06 Elmer This film departs from whatever sanity it had. 2 stars
11/14/06 david implausable. terrible love interest piece, just OK 2 stars
11/14/06 Drew Galletti Great cast, great pace, great movie 5 stars
11/13/06 Bruno Best Scorsese movie of the last fifteen years. Jack is perfect as the mob boss = 4th Oscar. 5 stars
11/07/06 Kitty Even Borat had higher ratings then this. HA HA HA 2 stars
11/07/06 Souvik Jana Excellent movie.... The best film this year. 5 stars
11/07/06 Dimension X I like the original better. This one just lacked an interest for me. 2 stars
11/06/06 PAG Great movie 5 stars
11/05/06 Ritwik Not at all bad, great perfomances Nicholson and Damon 4 stars
11/05/06 Jack-o When you face a loaded gun, you take the shot so that you don't have to watch this crap! 1 stars
11/04/06 MP Bartley Now this is the kind of film that makes cinema worthwhile. Adult, thrilling and brutal. 5 stars
11/03/06 barbarian A very over-rated film. Plot far-fetched and not credible - Nicholson plays it for laughs 3 stars
11/02/06 Bada Bing Crosby Great movie. Leo Rules 5 stars
10/30/06 ES it's a good watch, impressive cast and a solid story with a sweet ending 4 stars
10/29/06 Mike Great Flick, Story Intense and Thrilling with an ending for the ages 5 stars
10/28/06 Bitchflaps Implausible and full of miscasts. The violence and machismo tries to be funny, but isn't. 2 stars
10/28/06 merle Best movie of the year! 5 stars
10/27/06 Billy Lacks originality, style, briliance, spirtuality, and emotion. Dreadful remake. 2 stars
10/26/06 Ackles Scorsese has lost the touch. 1 stars
10/26/06 Sumixam best new movie I saw this year 5 stars
10/26/06 Karan 10/10 5 stars
10/25/06 Tom Amazing piece of cinema. Must see movie. 5 stars
10/25/06 Al Perfect Movie 5 stars
10/24/06 Kitty Tedious and overrated. 2 stars
10/24/06 ken Grim, gritty, glitering at times and gripping right from the begining. Very good movie. 4 stars
10/24/06 Graf Finklestein Dire. Derivative. Cliched. Weak script. Marty going thru the motions 1 stars
10/24/06 Drew G One of the best Scorcese has ever done 5 stars
10/24/06 J.D. Semlow The best movie of the last few years. Matt Damon Rules 5 stars
10/23/06 Clark Not a masterpiece. Not even close. 3 stars
10/23/06 mikeyboy anybody who gave this movie one star is not smart enought to comprehend it 5 stars
10/23/06 Gary A little too much F-wording, lots of violence and blood. It was OK, not great. 3 stars
10/22/06 boothbrave Scorsese's getting too much credit for an original his studio is hiding 3 stars
10/22/06 Nplan Like the everything in the film but the script, which was too loose. Talk about lengthy! 4 stars
10/22/06 Mix Master Nixon Not bad for a pointless American remake of a modern classic. 3 stars
10/22/06 Don Boston dialect bad, movie too long, not his best work. 3 stars
10/22/06 Joe Smaltz WOW! 5 stars
10/21/06 BGOC TRASH 1 stars
10/21/06 Neil Baldwin makes up for lost time, and everyone is majestic. 5 stars
10/21/06 Ophelia Loved the film. DiCaprio hits another A+ performance. 5 stars
10/21/06 Eric M. Didn't like it. There are better movies elsewhere. 2 stars
10/21/06 Tanya Grays Excellent movie, suprises all around 5 stars
10/21/06 and_or very good, will see again in theater to appreciate directing, so focused on story! 5 stars
10/20/06 Rob Awful. Banal Dialogue. B- grade acting at most. 1 stars
10/20/06 Claw Scorcese has to retire as he won't be able to top this masterpiece! 5 stars
10/20/06 Karan best picture and best director at the Oscars! Or I am boycotting academy awards 5 stars
10/19/06 ED McCarthy Great Film, Great music on the Soundtrack 5 stars
10/19/06 Mike Good movie but I hated the ending so that knocks it down to 4 stars 4 stars
10/19/06 Sinead best film I've seen in a long time 5 stars
10/19/06 zaw Even Scorses has ran out of ideas in Hollywoodland! Good remake, Worst Fink Floyd cover!!! 4 stars
10/16/06 jdipp well acted well written 5 stars
10/16/06 zee godfather, goodfellas and this one. It can't get any better 5 stars
10/16/06 Logan It's IA 1,2, and 3 in one bland film with a cheesy ending. 2 stars
10/16/06 guisada awesome 5 stars
10/15/06 ahnold Very good movie. Worth seeing and definitely worth a look 5 stars
10/15/06 hein Lousy last quarter of the movie - made no sense at all 2 stars
10/15/06 Fire Lacks the suspense and energy like the original. Mediocre overall.. 3 stars
10/15/06 water great acting. 4 stars
10/15/06 Sammy It is shit 1 stars
10/13/06 kaz excellent! 4 stars
10/13/06 Jon Overrated movie of the year! 1 stars
10/13/06 3XCHOPE MOVIE OF THE YEAR PERIOD!!! 5 stars
10/13/06 R.W.Welch Overwrought but polished. Standout turn by Jack N. 4 stars
10/12/06 Mark Lacks brilliance and style. Uninteresting remake. 2 stars
10/12/06 John A RARE FILM - I WOULD LITERALLY KISS MARTY's FEET! 5 stars
10/12/06 Rory AMAZING. Only the stupid wouldn't like this flick 5 stars
10/12/06 Harold Unbelievable plot, characters, actors, everything! 2 stars
10/11/06 Riki Even with the violence I liked it and it made me a believer in DeCaprio 5 stars
10/10/06 Troy Not quite Goodfellas, but what is? Phenomenal acting all around and a great sense of humor! 4 stars
10/10/06 Savi Phenomenal 5 stars
10/10/06 slab paint on those handle bars and ride this bitch doggy style. this movie made me cum all over 5 stars
10/10/06 Agent Sands Possibly the greatest movie in 10 years. 5 stars
10/10/06 Jones flip the bitch over and bust a double horizontal on her arse now! thats how good it is 5 stars
10/10/06 JimE double team that bitch now. it's so good 5 stars
10/10/06 Jan Casino and Goodfellas was way better than this garbage. 1 stars
10/09/06 Steve omg if you didn't think this movie was great you should no longer watch movies. 5 stars
10/09/06 Steaphie Oh my goodness! Shocked at how BAD it was!! 1 stars
10/09/06 mwr overly concocted story, final scene a complete embarrassing 4 stars
10/09/06 Carolina Filthy, foul-mouthed, and indescribably profane...I LOVED it! Amazing acting, too. 4 stars
10/09/06 Bugsy Unnescessary remake. 2 stars
10/08/06 chris. very very fun to watch 4 stars
10/08/06 ClaranceTheCobra Poop on my face and call me a dirty mother fucker, this movie is great! 5 stars
10/08/06 magsy Ending unnecessary but overall great movie/remake.Damon underrated by most critics. 4 stars
10/08/06 Shawn Departed has left the building 2 stars
10/08/06 Lee Ann Give DiCaprio the Oscar he is so overdue for///please. ROCKING beginning---opening credits 5 stars
10/08/06 Mer Great acting all the way around...movie a bit hoaky in parts. 4 stars
10/08/06 Michael Margetis Best Film of the Year Thus Far! Nicholson and DiCaprio light up the screen, thrilling! 5 stars
10/08/06 Josh Racine Best movie I have seen this year. 5 stars
10/07/06 Gomes Okay but not brilliant. Not Scorsese's best. 3 stars
10/07/06 Tsang A little too long and some development is uninteresting. Decent movie. 3 stars
10/07/06 lee The best film I've seen all year 5 stars
10/07/06 Ole Man Bourbon Gimmick ending, cliched stock characters, but some good dircting and acting. 4 stars
10/07/06 Tim Alright remake. 3 stars
10/07/06 johnny this one is awesome...but the hong kong one is better 5 stars
10/07/06 Pn. Hollywood: More Vera Farmiga NOW! 5 stars
10/07/06 Jake This is one forgotten departure. 1 stars
10/06/06 jcjs wonderfully entertaining, fun to make and watch..DiCaprio splendid..Jack, Ray, Mark, wowsa 5 stars
10/06/06 Terry The original one is still better. This one is okay. 3 stars
10/06/06 murray "The Departed" is one of the best movies of this year or any other. 5 stars
10/06/06 Terence Restored my faith in the movies. 5 stars
10/06/06 Adrian Scorsese. Awesome. 'Nuff said. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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