The Departed is a movie starring Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen and a number of other notable stars. The movie is set in Boston, Massachusetts and the area surrounding it. It is never explicitly mentioned but it mostly takes place in the time the movie was made: 2006. The movie is mostly drama, but there are parts of the movie that could be considered comedy.
The movie is about an crooked cop who is working for the Irish mob, the mob head, and a up and coming cop who takes an undercover position to infiltrate the mob. It is supposedly based off some of the actions of Whitey Bulger. It is a deceiving thriller that revolves around the lives of three different people: Frank Costello, Colin Sullivan and Billy Costigan. Colin Sullivan is played by Matt Damon and is the cop who is working for Frank Costello, Jack Nicholson. Leonardo DiCaprio is the cop who is trying to infiltrate the mob and breakdown the organization. The movie goes through a timeline where it shows the highs and lows of Frank Costello?s stint as the head of Irish mob in much of the Northeast. It shows the beginning where Frank is on the top of the world and untouchable, and then it ultimately shows him being killed by Matt Damon?s character in an act of self-preservation. Finally it ends with Leonardo DiCaprio finding out the Matt Damon is the one who was working for the mob and he is shot by another character in the movie.
The acting in the movie was very good. While some of the Boston accents were very bad, it was still a very good job. One character in particular was hard to bear: the therapist who Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio both fornicate with. She is not a well-known actress but she did a particularly bad job at trying to encompass the Boston accent.
The editing and directing was also well done because it helped the viewer connect with each of the separate characters. The viewer will likely begin to favor one of the characters over another and emotionally connect with them. When the character starts going through a hard time they will feel sympathy for them. It was a good job of portraying their message and properly putting scenes in place.
Overall, the movie was an interesting look into something that is not typically out in the open and made an gripping story out of it. It was exciting to learn about something that most people will never be exposed to and also the crime aspect of the movie contributed to the fascination.