The Departed Review

Topics: The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Pages: 2 (612 words) Published: December 3, 2007
The Departed
The Departed is about two people playing the "rat" and the "mole"; Leonardo DiCaprio as a cop pretending to be a thug for the Irish mob and Matt Damon as his opposite, an informant for the mob. Both are trapped in circumstances where you can't tell the good from the bad. Each man is living a double life where one misstep will mean life or death if he is caught. This movie was directed by Martin Scorsese with the lead actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen. The screenwriter is William Monahan (the same man who screen wrote The Kingdom of Heaven) and the director of photography is Michael Ballhaus. The Departed was filmed mostly in Boston & New York. It was released on October 6 2006.

I choose this film because you never know what's going to happen in the next scene. The element of suspense plays a key part in this movie. As the audience, you expect-if not both-that one of them gets caught or that they catch each other. In one particular scene, Billy is tailing Colin, and as the audience you feel like something going to happen and you're hooked. Above all I enjoyed the characters of Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). For the majority of the movie, they don't even meet. Yet, they are so connected; through Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), Madolyn (Vera Farmiga), their mutual love interest, and state police department. Billy and Colin themselves are so similar it's scary. They are masters of betrayal and deceit, the only difference is the reason why they become these masters and yet this reason is eerily similar. Colin became a mole to help his figurative father and Billy to live down the reputation of his crooked family. Jack Nicholson's character is fun to watch. He has all the money and power any person would want, and yet, when he could be caught and sent to jail. He still risks everything for his entertainment; his overly inflated ego. One of my favourite lines he...
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