MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#17 of 48) – The Departed (2006) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #17 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this in the theater and was glued to my seat for 2 and a half hours watching the twists and turns of this film go in very unpredictable places.

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (13 Nov 2006 in Theater, DVD, 13 Jun 2013 , 26 Sep 2017 and 11 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Detective in sent on a deep cover assignment within the mob where he must try and find out the identity of a man from the mob who has infiltrated the police force.

My Take on it – Such a fascinating and mind boggling film that works superbly. The film relies on various twists and turns to keep things so much more enjoyable to watch unfold because it is presented in such a captivating way. The cast is superb and features both Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in conflicting roles. Each one is trying to ferret out the other while keeping him own identity a secret. The story is paced really well and thy manage to keep things so mesmerizing for the entire two and a half hour run time. The supporting cast also help enhance things with Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farminga and Alec Baldwin all helping things out so much.  The film’s choice to take away immunity from every character helps raise the level of suspense as we see this play out in a very realistic fashion.  This film was quite deserving of its Oscar wins for Both Best Picture and Best Director because this is truly one of the very best cops and robbers story ever created.  This film is able to show us how integral undercover work can be for both sides of the equation while keeping the cat and mouse game so thrilling to watch unfold. The story also allows us o see the very fine line that differentiates between good and evil in these kind of situations. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Vera Farmiga met with a real LAPD psychiatrist to prepare for her role. The psychiatrist read the script, and told Farmiga that Madolyn did pretty much everything wrong. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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