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Undercover. Underhanded. Unrestrained.
In The Departed, two just-graduated officers from the Massachusetts State Police Academy are following opposite sides of the law. Billy Costigan is assigned to work undercover with the Irish mobster Frank Costello in an effort to get enough evidence to arrest him. Costello’s protégé, Officer Colin Sullivan, is the mob’s informant on the force. But when it becomes obvious there’s a traitor on both sides, each “rat” does his best to identify the other before being exposed himself.
The Departed is an American remake of the Hong Kong film Internal Affairs.
Budgeted at $90 million, The Departed grossed nearly $290 million worldwide.
This is the only remake of a foreign film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
One of the main reasons Jack Nicholson joined the production was because he wanted to play the role of a villain again.
This is the first Scorsese film that Jack Nicholson has appeared in.
A Crackling Crime Thriller
- An all-star cast, directed by the incomparable Martin Scorsese
- Winner of four Academy awards including Best Picture and Best Director
- Two and a half hours of engrossing gangster drama
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Cast
Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio)
An ace police cadet, Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the Irish mob to collect evidence that will convict mob boss Costello.
Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson)
The head of the Irish-American mob in south Boston, Costello plants Sullivan in the Massachusetts State Police as a mole.
Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon)
Sullivan is introduced into the world of organized crime by Irish mob boss Frank Costello. Sullivan is groomed from the beginning to be an informant for the mob.
Staff Sergeant Dignam (Mark Wahlberg)
A loyal and hardworking detective, Dignam is one of the few who knows Costigan is a police informant. When it comes to Sullivan, Dignam thinks he smells a rat.
In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy -- and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? Martin Scorsese directed the Oscar-winning drama movie. The Departed is now available in Blu-ray.
Martin Scorsese makes a welcome return to the mean streets (of Boston, in this case) with The Departed, hailed by many as Scorsese's best film since Casino. Since this crackling crime thriller is essentially a Scorsese-stamped remake of the acclaimed 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, the film was intensely scrutinized by devoted critics and cinephiles, and while Scorsese's intense filmmaking and all-star cast deserve ample acclaim, The Departed is also worthy of serious re-assessment, especially with regard to what some attentive viewers described as sloppy craftsmanship (!), notably in terms of mismatched shots and jagged continuity. But no matter where you fall on the Scorsese appreciation scale, there's no denying that The Departed is a signature piece of work from one of America's finest directors, designed for maximum impact with a breathtaking series of twists, turns, and violent surprises. It's an intricate cat-and-mouse game, but this time the cat and mouse are both moles: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is an ambitious cop on the rise, planted in the Boston police force by criminal kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hot-tempered police cadet who's been artificially disgraced and then planted into Costello's crime operation as a seemingly trustworthy soldier. As the multilayered plot unfolds (courtesy of a scorching adaptation by Kingdom of Heaven screenwriter William Monahan), Costigan and Sullivan conduct a volatile search for each other (they're essentially looking for "themselves") while simultaneously wooing the psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga) assigned to treat their crime-driven anxieties.
Such convenient coincidences might sink a lesser film, but The Departed is so electrifying that you barely notice the plot-holes. And while Nicholson's profane swagger is too much "Jack" and not enough "Costello," he's still a joy to watch, especially in a film that's additionally energized by memorable (and frequently hilarious) supporting roles for Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and a host of other big-name performers. The Departed also makes clever and plot-dependent use of cell-phones, to the extent that it couldn't exist without them. Powered by Scorsese's trademark use of well-chosen soundtrack songs (from vintage rock to Puccini's operas), The Departed may not be perfect, but it's one helluva ride for moviegoers, proving popular enough to become the biggest box-office hit of Scorsese's commercially rocky career. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
PCM English 5.1, Dolby Digital English 5.1, Dolby Digital French 5.1, Dolby Digital Spanish 5.1
Special features (480i or 480p standard definition, 2.0 stereo):
Nine additional scenes with introductions by director Martin Scorsese
The Story of the Boston Mob: the real-life gangster behind Jack Nicholson's character
Crossing Criminal Cultures: how Little Italy's crime and violence influence Scorsese's work
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The plot had some surprising twists to it and was hard to follow in a few places. But overall, it is worth watching if you are a fan of this genre of film.