The Departed

  • 18
  • Martin Scorsese (2006)
  • US
  • 145 min
The Departed
Film Review
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4 out of 5

After a run of solid, adventurous but ultimately underwhelming efforts (Gangs of New York, The Aviator), director Martin Scorsese returned to more familiar form with a superior, Boston-set cops-and-gangsters story based on the Hong Kong crime drama Infernal Affairs, and won the long-awaited best director Oscar for his trouble. Rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to go deep undercover to help catch local Mafia godfather Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, Costello has groomed Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) since puberty to be his spy on the force. The complex script (fluently adapted by William Monahan) rotates around these two moles, who orbit each other like twin suns for most of the movie, but only meet in the third act. It all makes for extremely watchable entertainment. The leads are luminous (especially Nicholson, doing his best work in years here), but supporting players Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winstone all steal scenes with glee.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. In the brutal South Boston underworld, a criminal gang led by the ruthless Frank Costello plants a man in the police force in a concerted effort to keep one step ahead of the law. But the authorities also have their mole, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as both men struggle to conceal their true identity.

Cast and crew

Cast

Billy Costigan
Leonardo DiCaprio
Colin Sullivan
Matt Damon
Frank Costello
Jack Nicholson
Dignam
Mark Wahlberg
Queenan
Martin Sheen
Mr French
Ray Winstone
Madolyn
Vera Farmiga
Ellerby
Alec Baldwin
Brown
Anthony Anderson
Cousin Sean
Kevin Corrigan
Barrigan
James Badge Dale
Fitzy
David O'Hara
Timothy Delahunt
Mark Rolston

Crew

Director
Martin Scorsese

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Oct 2006
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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