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3.72

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Worth A Look: 14.34%
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Departed, The
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by Lybarger

"Because nobody else but Scorsese knows how to do gory mayhem correctly."
4 stars

“The Departed” is not vintage Scorsese, but for most of its running time it sure comes close. With a great cast and an intriguing setup (borrowed from the terrific Hong Kong movie “Infernal Affairs”), it would be reasonable to expect the veteran director to deliver another masterpiece. Because most American remakes of wonderful foreign movies reek (try sitting through “Vanilla Sky” when you’ve already seen “Abre Los Ojos”), Scorsese’s decision not to follow this tradition is a cause for celebration.

Screenwriter William Monohan (“Kingdom of Heaven”), for the most part, manages to retain the original’s twists and turns and gives the new film a vitality of its own.

In the new film, a veteran Boston mob kingpin named Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) recruits a bright youngster named Colin Sullivan (Matt Daman) to join the Massachusetts State Police Department in order to keep Costello aware of their attempts to foil him.

The cops have ideas of their own. Knowing that Costello has informers in their midst, Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and his antagonistic Sergeant Dignam (Mark Wahlberg, demonstrating heretofore unseen nastiness that’s as mesmerizing as it is novel) recruit a bright cadet named William Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and give him a phony history so that he can infiltrate Costello’s mob.

Sullivan and Costigan competing agendas quickly clash. The two know about each other but have no idea what each other looks like or where the other can be located. Monahan does a fine job of keeping the two just close enough to each other to keep the audience hungry for the final showdown.

He also loads the screen with some of the most finely crafted profanity in recent memory. Cursing often indicates a screenwriter needs to broaden his or her vocabulary, but Monahan continually comes up with creative turns of phrase that won’t be heard any time soon in polite conversation. I won’t quote any because they sound far more poetic coming from Jack Nicholson’s tongue than from my finger tips.

Where Monahan and Scorsese come a little short is in setting up a love triangle between the two undercover agents and a therapist (Vera Farmiga, who should have received an Oscar nod for "Down to the Bone") who treats Costigan and is engaged to Sullivan. Monahan and Scorsese seem a bit more proficient at setting up violent raids than they do at setting up love affairs.

It’s easy to see why she’d fall for the slick and seemingly stable Sullivan, but as someone who’s unaware of Costigan’s covert mission, it’s hard to believe she’d see him as anything but a volatile thug. Fortunately, the sadly underrated Farmiga is able to do wonders with a fairly sketchy character.

She also deserves credit for keeping up with her formidable costars. DiCaprio does a fine job of passing himself off as a hoodlum, and his face subtly indicates he knows his assignment has gotten to dangerous to continue.

Damon’s suave turn is a wonderful counterpoint. He reminds you of those polite folks who keep immaculate offices and show up punctually every day as they’re really embezzling from the firm.

Nicholson happily repeats his favorite sneers and mannerisms, but he’s consistently intimidating and has a cavalier attitude that’s weirdly charming.

If anyone believes that Scorsese’s often brutal approach to storytelling has mellowed, “The Departed” will quickly dispel that notion. It’s as graphic and bloody as “Goodfellas” and has a radioactive sense of humor that makes his “After Hours” seem like a Disney comedy.

There are some abrupt scene transitions during the middle of the flick, particularly during an orgy involving Costello that implies some of the film was chopped down to make an R-rating. As a result, there seem to be payoff sequences that never come.

“The Departed” nearly reaches its lofty pedigree. You could fault Scorsese and his collaborators for falling short, but very few disappointments are this entertaining or worthwhile.

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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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