The Departed (2006)


index“When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?” – Frank Costello

Number of Times Seen – At least 5  (13 Nov 2006 in Theater, DVD, 13 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A rookie cop goes undercover as a gang member to catch the crime boss while at the same time an associate of that same crime boss is a mole in the police department each must try and figure out who the other is before they are exposed themselves.

My Take on it – If you wanna see a great Cops and Robbers movie, this is it!!

This is definitely one of Scorsese’s best films if not THE best.  He and screenwriter, William Monahan expertly took the Chinese movie Infernal Affairs (2002) and created an intense and captivating crime movie matching no other.  By adapting the original Chinese film, they made a movie close to an hour longer and more entertaining.

It’s noteworthy that this is the first time that an adaptation of a foreign movie was able to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Excellent cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farmiga.

Won 4 of 5 Oscars (Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing). It only lost Best Supporting Actor for Wahlberg {who lost to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)}.

This wasn’t a strong year of competition at the Oscars since The Departed was up against Babel (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (which was great, but it will be a long time before a foreign language movie wins an Oscar), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Queen (2006).  I’m still amazed that Babel (2006) beat out The Departed for The Globe.

Go see it!!

Bottom Line – This is the way to make a great cop movie! Expertly done. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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