The Departed





Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Will the academy finally give poor Martin Scorsese an Oscar?
No, not because the movie is mind-blowing (it comes close to being so), but because this man at last count deserved at least 5 Best Director Oscars to date!

The Departed is a movie that stamps Scorsese’s authority as a director who can churn out the best of thrillers with even an ensemble of ‘individual’ actors. And if the movie has the ‘mob’ angle to it, believe me; no other director can even come close. Remember Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York?

The reviews for this movie have been good across publications so you go in expecting a lot and are not disappointed.
The movie is the story of the Boston State police and their endeavor to bring down a Irish Mobster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson, in a delicious turn in as the ice cold, cool criminal). The cops pull out a cadet who’s’ had a reputation and family connection to the streets and puts him in the mob to find a way to bring down Costello. Meet Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCarpio, who has proved after Gangs of New York that he can act especially in the hands of Scorsese). Costello is no easy hand either and has his man in the police force too. Meet Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon, who’s always put in good performances and does so again).

The fear at being caught out on both sides adds to some of the tension and especially when each is given the task of finding himself. Leo is assigned by Jack to find the ‘rat’ in the mob and asked by Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) to find the rat in the police force. Matt is asked by Ellerby (Alec Baldwin) to find the rat in the police force and is also asked by Jack to find the ‘rat’ in the mob. Vera Farmiga puts in a good turnout as the Police appointed Counselor who is counseling Costigan and is the girlfriend of Sullivan and has her part to pay in the events that unfold.

While each of them gets closer to finding the other, each is afraid of being found out and creates some edge of the seat moments. The events that unfold leads to an explosive and sudden climax. The violence is sudden and shocks you.

A word of warning though: The violence is sudden and gory. The language is loaded with expletives and so cool, that your kids may pick it up real quick, so don’t take your kids to watch!

Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg dialogues are loaded with the ‘f@*k’ words and delivered so coolly that you tend to believe they are not expletives. I understand the word ‘f@*k” has been used over 200 times in the movie catching up with Pulp Fiction which had it over 300 times.

You will come out with some of the dialogues imprinted in your mind and almost humming it like a song.

Really Memorable Dialogues

Mark Wahlberg: I can't wait to wipe that fucking smirk right off of your face.
Jack Nicholson: I’d rather you wipe my ass.

Mark Wahlberg to a technician who has botched up a camera placement and asks him who he is:

Dignam: Who am I? I'm the guy that does his fuckin' job! You must be the other guy!


Matt and Leo:

Colin Sullivan: Do you know what will happen if you shoot me?

Billy Costigan: Yeah, this bullet will go right through your fucking head!

Jack Nicholson:

Frank Costello: I got fuckin’ rats in my crew.


Frank Costello: I don't wanna be a product of my environment; I want my environment to be a product of me.


Billy Costigan’s assignment meeting:


Oliver Queenan: We deal in deception... do you know what I mean when I say that?
Billy Costigan: As a matter of fact, I do. I...

Dignam: No, you don't know. Because if someone like you knew what we did, that would make us cunts. Are you calling us cunts?

Alec Baldwin to matt Damon when Matt says he’s getting married:

Ellerby: Marriage is an important part of getting ahead. It lets people know you're not a homo. A married guy seems more stable. People see the ring; they think "at least somebody can stand the son of a bitch." Ladies see the ring, they know immediately that you must have some cash, and your cock must work.

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