Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Cheezy at times...and pretty much outright unbelievable at times...but the story keeps your attention from start to finish. Matt Damon is always hard to stomach, but the movie guides him through pretty nicely. Which reminds me, great ending. Without doubt, Jack's been better, so has DiCaprio. But the action keeps coming. No super boring long gaps.. to speak of. Alec Baldwin has a few pretty classic scenes, and Marky Mark has his moments too. With a payroll like the New York Yankees, you better be good, but the movie's still a must-see if you enjoy action, tension, drama, blood, guts and foul-mouthed gangsters. And I do.
The Departed bears the distinction of being the first of Scorsese's many nominations to earn him the Best Director and Best Picture honors. While it might not be his most memorable, in terms of quotable moments, it is a well-balanced film, with the dialogue, cinematography, editing and acting all coming together to tell two interlacing stories.
It is definitely not appropriate for children, but it promises and delivers both intrigue and surprises.
It was OK, but, I'm not as impressed as everyone else. Martin Scorsese has done better. BTW, Hong Kong's "Infernal Affairs," which this is a remake of, is a much better film with greater character development than this one. I don't care for Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon, but, Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin delivered exceptional performances given their limited screentime.