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5.0 out of 5 stars A remake? An original? Or both...?, February 18, 2007
This review is from: The Departed (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
I read some of the other reviews, and I'm frustrated that so many people are finding a problem with Martin Scorcese's sensibilities in adapting a Hong Kong -set thriller to an American venue, using his legendary experience to create a very American "original". I was immensely entertained, baffled at all the intended times, intrigued at the appropriate times, and thoroughly blown away with the remarkable ending. Others have blabbed away plot-points, and I'm glad I didn't read those reviews before I saw the film. There's no doubt that Scorcese is deserving of Oscar recognition, and trying to make comparisons to his other films doesn't fly with me. This was a brutal display of some very mean people, but not as gory as "Goodfellas", not as character driven as "Raging Bull" and not as gritty as "Taxi Driver". It WAS, however, a terrific plot-driven narrative, and Mr. Scorcese should be applauded for taking this very complicated story, where each character is constantly affecting the others, and making it coherent. Nicholson was, indeed, playing a familiar version of Nicholson, so it was a natural choice in casting but no stretch for the great Jack. The 2-disc DVD is fine, with ample interviews with Mr. Scorcese, and other interesting stuff, especially about Bulgar, the guy after which Nicholson's character was based. Very glad I made the investment. BTW: The sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" is by Donizetti, not Puccini. UPDATE: 2-26-07: I'm glad it won the Oscar.
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2008 5:54:07 PM PST
An American Original? This was an outright copy-cat movie literally scene for scene except that it was not sequenced the same as the original. I watched the original Hong Kong version long before this came out and it was really a masterpiece with a much richer and deeper ending because of the way they sequenced Infernal Affairs I II and III. Anyone who has every watched the real "Original" years before the Departed hit the screens will know that this was an outright copy-cat film.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 10:15:15 PM PST
R. Gawlitta says:
Sorry. I enjoyed it a lot. Apprently, so did the Academy.
The real travesty is that "Infernal Affairs" wasn't recognized by the Academy.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2009 10:19:01 PM PST
Yeah, but Martin Scorsese made the film great. Who cares if it's a copy cat film. It is still a whole lot more different than something shot in Hong Kong. The music for example. South Boston. The accents. The all-star cast. This movie was great and deserved all the praise it got. And i'm sure Infernal Affairs is great. Now that i know about it i want to see them, but i'm still going to cherish The Departed as an AMERICAN classic.

Posted on May 15, 2009 9:16:46 PM PDT
R. Gawlitta says:
Thanks, Carol.
Think American...

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 4:15:45 AM PDT
Swordsman says:
Yo, NY bargain hunter, forgetaboutit. THE DEPARTED is to INFERNAL AFFAIRS what RESERVOIR DOGS was to CITY ON FIRE; better! Period, fini, game over, cowboy. Since I live in America I don't see many Hong Kong movies and don't really care because I don't speak Chinese. I have visited Hong Kong three times however and enjoyed the sights and the food; too bad they don't have a director of Scorsese's caliber on that little island, y'know. Gawlitta is right about THE DEPARTED and you're, well, just wrong.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 10:10:24 PM PDT
R. Gawlitta says:
Thanks, Darryl...
I'm humbled...

Many films are re-made, often badly. In the hands of Scorcese, I was most impressed with production values and fine acting.
I can only comment on my own impressions, but I'm pleased that you agree, as well as the comment of Ms. Burgess.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 6:50:59 PM PDT
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