Review: The Departed

“The Departed”
Run time: 2:29

Simple math equation here: Jack Nicholson + Martin Scorsese + Leonardo DiCaprio + Matt Damon + Martin Sheen = movie gold, but add Alec Baldwin, a scene stealing Mark Wahlberg and deserving comparisons to “Goodfellas” and that equals Oscar nominations galore, or at least it should.

A remake of a Hong Kong movie called “Infernal Affairs”, “The Departed” is movie about two men from opposite sides of the law that are undercover within the Boston State Police department and the Irish mafia, but when discoveries are made and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy’s identities, violence and bloodshed boil.

I have to tip my hat to Nicholson, DiCaprio and Damon in this one. This is their movie and they execute it flawlessly. Nicholson is despicable and charming as the South Boston crime lord Frank Costello. You know what you’re going to get with Jack, but this performance is defiant and brilliant. DiCaprio’s acting is superb and he puts you right in the pit and makes you feel so unnerved and paranoid that you have no other option that to sweat it out with him. I may have knocked him for “Titanic” but I retract any bad things I’ve ever said about him and I marveled at his work in this film. Last, but not least, is Matt Damon. I like Damon for the simple fact that he has such a great sense of humor and is not afraid to poke fun at himself (ie, his recent “JImmy Kimmel Live” appearance after months of teasing from Kimmel) so I have to admit I was biased towards his performance and Irish mob informantant Collin Sullivan. However, by the middle of the movie, Damon’s portrayal of the coniving rat Sullivan, I wanted to punch him in the throat.

“The Departed” checks in at just under 2 and half hours and contains plenty of blood, bullets and profanity. I was in awe of the acting. Scorsese tells the story beautifully, but I did have a problem with how the ending was tied up. Still, great movie. Great acting. Oscars here comes “The Departed”.

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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