Cops or criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?
Martin Scorsese returns to his gangster roots with this Boston mafia remake of the Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs. Leonardo Di Caprio is a cop infiltrating the mob, and Matt Damon is a mob kid infiltrating the cops. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg are actual cops. Vera Farmiga is the love interest. And best of all, Jack Nicholson steals the show with a ferociousness not seen since The Shining, as loose mob boss Frank Costello.
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Love the movie but the only thing that let it down for me was the ending.. IMO it didnt go with the movie.. in fact I burst into laughter at one point automatically, thnakfully I was the only person there.. What do you think about the lift scene at the end.. by the time the third one happened I was laughing and it certainly wasnt comedy...lol..
But I did love the movie till that point..
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Whilst this film presents the brilliance of Scorsese's directing and similarlythe acting of di Caprio, Nicholson et al, a storyline that is based on violence only seems to not carry the potential to the heights such genius could otherwise achieve.
And the music...great.
Storytelling is the main objective of The Departed, and on this count it works well, constantly clawing you toward its next scene. Many cliches invented by Scorcese are worn out again but he wears them well.
Character depth however is never quite built upon throughout the second half of the movie, and the denouement leaves too many loose ends.
Great direction and cast, bar Jack Nickolson, felt he was mainly there for the ride, he could have brought more depth to his character. First film I've seen with Leonardo where I have actually thought him sexy!
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