The Departed, a defiantly uncompromised vision of a society rotting from the inside, is one of his best.
South Boston cop Billy Costigan goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of gangland chief Frank Costello. As Billy gains the mobster’s trust, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan infiltrates the police department and reports on its activities to his syndicate bosses. When both organizations learn they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin must figure out each other’s identities to save their own lives.
Martin Scorsese’s fantastic crime thriller (based on the even grittier HK film Infernal Affairs) uses cinematography, music, colour, and silence brilliantly at various points throughout the film to create great tension, suspense and drama, and the characters are brilliantly crafted. This is such a who’s who film. Around every corner is a great actor: including the young Leonardo DiCaprio. Tremendous film.
USA 2006, 145 min, R16
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga & Alec Baldwin