For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Crime Films, here’s a review of The Departed (2006) by Reut of Sweet Archive
Thanks again to Dan of Slipthrough Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews. We will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Drew!
Let’s see what Reut thought of this movie:
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston (via IMdb).
First off thanks to Dan of Slip/Through Movies for picking the genre and getting me to finally watch this movie, and of course to MovieRob for making this awesome GG happen.
The Departed contains a well-respected, almost regal ensemble of actors. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin. It’s definitely a film worth watching for the cast alone.
The Damon & DiCaprio combo is very accurate. It immediately requires you to pick a side. Leo’s gradually becoming my favorite. My previous post for GG was a review of Inception, and before that I watched Shutter Island, and somewhere in between stumbled upon The Wolf of Wall Street, so I confess on grinding a little Leo lately.
Jack Nicholson is a king! Always delivers a terrific performance. It’s something I can say for all of the above, but good ol’ Jackie Boy is an attention grabbing master. The guy’s a wonderful son of a bitch, and my guesses is that’s the reason Scorsese asked him to Play Frank Costello, a rogue man who had nothing but a thrill to crime and killing, pulling both ends of the rope.
The plot is extremely clever. The tension builds up gradually and ends up perfectly, where pieces are slowly put together. There’s no boring moments or unnecessary distractions, and the surprise factor is definitely there. Scorsese knows how to do it best, keeping the viewer well engaged by maintaining a perfect sequential balance, not to mention choosing an all-star cast. Brad Pitt was also a big name mentioned in the ending credits, as he co-produced the movie alongside Brad Grey.
Followed by an outstanding soundtrack from The Rolling Stones, Patsy Cline, John Lennon and The Beach Boys and many more, The Departed is an all-star containing brilliant movie, cleverly done by the kind of crime, Scorsese. I enjoyed every minute of it, and highly recommend to you who haven’t seen yet.