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I'm not a fan of Scorsese in general, but this is a great film. Perhaps it requires too high a level of suspension of disbelief (the convolutions end up almost farcical towards the end), but over all this is a riveting, fun, all around bad ass gangster movie, with fabulous dialogue and a blood pumping soundtrack. Did I mention the performances are all stellar, because this film uses it's ensemble cast to it's absolute fullest.
With a cast full of great performances and great direction from Martin Scorsese, The Departed is a very well-written, intense, violent, and ultimately great gangster movie that is possibly the greatest remake ever and arguably Scorsese's best.
Martin Scorsese was taking a much more worldly plot of inside men and taking it to the streets. With yet great performances especially from Leo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson, there is ambiguity and controlled grittiness coming from this movie. It has a real suspenseful feeling and the theme that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you, sooner or later.
Scorsese utilizes all forms possible -at its finest- to envelope you into the question of what is morality? The juxtaposition of Colin and Billy throughout the film keeps the pace of the film at a shaky heartbeat -not leaving active viewers dissatisfied.
Scorsese tells a story so tensely and impeccably that even knowing the twists and turns beforehand, I was glued to the screen. As every story point unfolds and every quiet phone call plays out, it is clear why this film finally got the master his Best Picture win. But Scorsese isn't the only powerhouse in this film. Nicholson and Dicaprio are both incredible (as expected) but Damon and surprisingly Wahlberg hold there own on screen making this a true masterclass in ensemble filmmaking. Exciting, tense, humorous, and dangerous, The Departed is a huge win.
While I enjoyed this, I couldn't help but count by sequence just how many key like for like scenes it copied from the movie it's based on (Infernal Affairs). Most comes across as paler more diluted versions of the original. The original is also a far more complex film in which the depiction of what a living hell is. In the Departed, this exploration of the human condition gets simplified.
Its a shame that this is the movie that won Martin Scorcese an Academy Award. Mark wahlburg's character came off annoying and kindve randomly dull. Leonard dicarpio was by far the best in this film. I enjoyed some parts but was rather dissapointed in it....especially the ending.
A timeless classic. Fast-paced, masterfully crafted, electric performances all-around, and a superbly tight script; The Departed is a masterpiece of filmmaking, and one of Scorsese's best films to date.