Had the time out to see an English flick after a long time. The last one I’d seen in a theatre was Pirates of the Caribbean II and that was like 3 months ago! So it thus happened that I went to see The Departed this sunday. And I must confess that the motivation to see this flick came from quite a few good words said by fellow FreeHydies. I generally am not too much into gangsta flicks but do ocassionally watche’em. So don’t expect an ‘authentic’ review! heck, itz not a review at all…but just a lookback at the movie from moi perspective! So, what is The Departed all about? Well, from Hollywood.com:
In South Boston the state police force is waging war on organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate that is run by gangland chief Costello. While Billy is quickly gaining Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department 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 gangsters 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
To summarize, Two Organizations – The Massachusetts Police Department & The Irish Mob. Two Bosses – Ruthless Frank Costello (Nicholson) & Capt.Queenan. Two sidekicks – Sgt.Dignam (Wahlberg) and Mr.French and the principal characters, Two Moles – Bill Costigan (DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan(Damon). All of them engaged in a ruthless game of cat n’ mice. What stands apart in the whole movie is the raw restlessness underlying both the lead characters. Leo excels as a mole who must Kill/stab/shoot his way through the mafia in order to gain confidence of the bosses. His stress levels are at an absolute epak throughout the movie. More so when he finds that the man who sent him in lies dead at his feet! Damon, as the cool n suave Detective passing on information to his real boss in the Mafia brings a certain evilness to the character thatz invisible on the top but exists nevertheless. He’s also torn between his sense of duty and fear of being caught…by the very people with whom he’s working. Jack Nicholson puts in a noteworthy performance ( I can’t say much about him since I haven’t seen much of his movies!) as the evil and bordering-on-madness Frank Costello. Mark Wahlberg does a good job and to sorry for revealing it but he’s the only one remaining alive at the end!!!
As one would expect in a ganngster flick, the movie is ful of violence and profanity. So much so that I could hear the squeals of disgust from the more gentle-minded members of the audience (read girls)!!! And I also overheard a guy mention to his friend that he’d counted 211 mentions of the F-Word in the movie! IMDb actually pegs this count as 237! Blood is splattered all over as it were available in surplus….and most of the bullet-wounds are headshots! (UT Anyone??) Though the movie’s climax did remind me of Kaante (remake of Reservoir Dogs). All in all,The Departed is a must-watch movie for the following reasons:
- Superb story, intertwining the good and bad side of the law
- Brilliant performances from the lead quartet – DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson & Wahlberg
- Super direction from Martin Scorsese
- Gripping screenplay and turn-of-events