2006 ***** 151 mins.
The Departed is a true modern motion picture crime masterpiece that is worthy of the ranks of The Godfather. The performances are all astounding, and the style of the film is superb. Most films begin well and end well, but the middle kind of loses its punch. Not this film. This film holds its high standard and style throughout the entire running time, making it a true rarity of Hollywood. Martin Scorsese is at the top of his game in this film, and I'm glad that he learned that Gangs of New York and The Aviator just aren't special or artistic. The Departed shows artistic integrity and proof that a remake can be a film classic.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Billy Costigan, who is being used as an undercover cop to infiltrate the crime world of Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson in one of his absolute best performances). Meanwhile, Frank has his own mole in the SIU (Matt Damon). The story culminates in a shocking conclusion that is unexpectedly satisfying (even more so the second time around).
My favorite part of the film is the very last shot. Some people don't like it, but I think it's a perfect bookend to a perfect film.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Rated R for Strong Brutal Violence, Pervasive Language, Some Strong Sexual Content, and Drug Material.
Based on the Motion Picture Infernal Affairs
Written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak