The Departed (2006)
Critic Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.
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as Billy Costigan
as Colin Sullivan
as Frank Costello
as Mr. French
as Cousin Sean
as Timothy Delahunt
as FBI Agent Frank Lazio
as Billy's Aunt
as Mrs. Kennefick
as Triad Boss
as Pakistani Proprietor
as Providence Gangster No. 1
as Providence Gangster No. 2
as Kneecapped Bankrobber
as Detective No.1 Tailing Queenan
as Detective No. 1-Colin's Unit
as Detective No. 2-Colin's Unit
as Man Glassed in Bar
as Older Priest
as Younger Priest
as Police Camera Tech
as Police Cell Phone Tech
as Darlene the Secretary
as Man Killed by French
as Young Colin
as Woman at Opera
as Bookie Harassed by French
as Jimmy Bags
as Sister Mary Theresa
as Queenan's Secretary
as Other Prisoner
as Chinese Government Man
as Priest with Young Colin
as Billy Costigan Sr.
as Young Billy
as Billy's Mother
as Jimmy Pappas
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Critic Reviews for The Departed
Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film.
[A] very entertaining, densely layered, just-short-of-fabulous melodrama.
What makes this a Scorsese film, and not merely a retread, is the director's use of actors, locations and energy, and its buried theme. I am fond of saying that a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
You'll have to go back to GoodFellas to find a Marty movie this fun, this enamored of language, of ethnic slurs, of "Gimme Shelter," of explosive violence. Scorsese's return to form is the year's most dynamic film. Really, how could it not be?
The Departed has enough tension to keep you engrossed, and enough color for ten crime pictures. Scorsese obviously adores his expensive, expansive ensemble.
Audience Reviews for The Departed
This is just too awesome.
There are lots of things I didn't like about this movie, namely the entire cat-and-mouse plotline. How could neither Billy Costigan nor Collin Sullivan nor anyone else not figure out that those two are the double agents? It seemed pretty common knowledge that Collin grew up under the wing of Frank Costello and that bad shit keeps happening after Billy joins Costello's mob. Is Costello really that trustworthy and critical a thinker to believe correlation doesn't equal causation? The alliterative names are also confusing. I'm not a fan of early-aughts Marty or Leo, but Leo isn't bad in this role. Matt Damon's face and voice are too boring to play a villain, Martin Sheen's character is pretty thankless and dies easily, and Marky Mark's character is just a dick for the sake of being a dick - hardly enough meat to develop an Oscar-worthy performance. The only female character is just there to form a slapdash love triangle, and the script doesn't even write her as a realistic psychologist.
The Departed Quotes
|Colin Sullivan:||Do you got fucking tapes? Of what? Costello was my informant! I was a rat? Fuck you, prove it! He was working for me, he was my informant!|
|Billy Costigan:||Shut you're fucking mouth. Come on, get up!|
|Colin Sullivan:||What is this a citizen's arrest? Blow me! Alright, only one of us is a cop here Bill. You understand that Bill? No one knows who you fucking are!|
|Billy Costigan:||Would you shut the fuck up!?|
|Colin Sullivan:||I'm a sergeant in the Massachusetts State Police, who the fuck are you? I erased you!|
|Dignam:||Oh you're a fucking genius huh? Who forged you're transcript, dickhead?|
|Frank Costello:||I got this rat. This gnawing, teething rat.|
|Frank Costello:||When I was your age, they would say you could become cops or criminals; today what I'm saying to you is this: When facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?|
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