THE DEPARTED (2006) Review, W/ DiCaprio and Many More

THE DEPARTED (2006) Review

Call me slow... but I finally got around to watching the crime-drama film, The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldein, Ray Winstone and a whole bunch more. It's directed by Martin Scorsese.

Hell of a cast, huh? The film ain't too bad either!

South Boston cop Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) goes under deep cover to infiltrate the organization of gangland chief Frank Costello (Nicholson). While he's under cover, Colin Sullivan (Damon) infiltrates the police department and reports its activities to Costello. But the crazy, real film tension kicks in gear when both Billy and Colin realize they have moles in their organizations. Then the true 'cat and mouse' game begins as each character tries desperately to figure out the identity of the mole in their respective groups.


This film is a serious tale of tension delivered to the film audience by Scorsese. This film has been compared to the 2002 film, Internal Affairs, but since I've not seen that, I don't have a reference.

But when this film starts, it's your basic set up, showing you the primary characters, the positions within the story and what not. But once the first act closes, the tension is subtle but builds to a nice level of anxiety for this cat and mouse game between our primary characters builds.

It's done well, with very little, 'Oh, I saw that coming' moments or what not. In fact after the first shocker, you really start sitting up and wondering what's next.

What I didn't see coming was the film's ending... But I am not spoiling anything for you here. Needless to say that once they shocks start, they just keep coming.


DiCaprio does it yet again, delivering a character unlike other characters he's delivered, and does it well. Damon is Damon, but that's a good thing here, while if you can imagine Nicholson as a gang boss with 'tude, well, he's perfectly cast. While Wahlberg goes back to his 'potty mouth cop' mode character, don't count him out of the story just because he's an ass. It was also wonderful to see a Sheen pull off a great role as a police boss.

This movie snagged an 8.5 from IMDb and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Plus I am not sure if I can't even go so much as to give it a 9... but I'm playing it safe, I think the mood I was in helped my like it as much as I did! LOL.

The film also nabbed a bunch of Academy Awards, including 'best picture.'

I think if you rent or find The Departed anywhere to watch, you won't be disappointed.

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