The Departed

Synopsis: Rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). It’s his job to win Costello’s trust and help his detective handlers (Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen) bring Costello down. Meanwhile, SIU officer Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone’s trust. No one suspects he’s Costello’s mole.

How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed. Martin Scorsese directs, guiding a cast for the ages in a visceral tale of crime and consequences. This is a searing, can’t-look-away filmmaking: like staring into the eyes of a con – or a cop – with a gun.

The Departed 7.5

A good cop drama, but nothing spectacular – especially if you’ve seen the original. While Mou gaan dou may not have been made with as great a budget and with as much flair, but it has a spirit that was lacking in the remake.

Furthermore, none of these actors offered anything exceptional: Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio were good, but unspectacular, while Jack Nicholson hammed it up a bit too much and Marky Mark simply stunk.

Pluswhich there were some minor continuity errors and the editing was a little quick at times, as though they were trying to trim and already lengthy opus – to the detriment of coherent storytelling.

See the original. It was so memorable that both a sequel and a prequel were made – and they’ve all been readily available on DVD in North America for years now. Um… hence why Hollywood got their grubby hands on it wink

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