Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the descendant of a long line of thugs
and criminals. Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) grew up under the tutelege
of crime boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). For completely different
reasons, each of the youths decide to join the Massachusetts State
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson,
and Matt Damon
graduation from the police academy, both men are given different assignments
end up pitting them against each other. Based
on the Hong Kong crime classic Infernal Affairs, Martin
Scorsese's The Departed is a wildly entertaining and incredibly
violent tale of how the lines between good and evil can easily
who's been hit-and-miss since the late 1980s, finally bats one out of
the park with this movie. The
Departed manages to surpass
his last bona-fide masterpiece, a little movie called Goodfellas.
Departed has a lot of the same ingredients as Goodfellas:
a stellar cast, believable and interesting characters, and some wickedly
What The Departed has in its favor is a break from formula.
While Goodfellas was
a great film about the mob, it was fairly conventional in its plot structure.
The Departed takes chances and keeps you guessing
until the end of the film. (It's also why I'm not going into too much
helping to power The Departed to masterpiece status are
the incredible performances. Having a great cast is one thing, but Scorsese
elicits note-perfect characterizations from Jack Nicholson, Leonardo
DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and relative newcomer Vera Farmiga, who plays a
key role in the lifes of the two young policemen as a psychologist.
The supporting cast, which includes Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and
Martin Sheen, is equally impressive. If justice is to be done, there
will be several Academy Award nominations from this film's corral of
The Departed among the great crime dramas of all-time.
research for his character's occupation, Matt Damon worked with a Massachusetts
State Police unit out of Boston. He accompanied them on routine patrols,
participated in a drug raid and was taught proper police procedures like
how to pat down a suspect. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)