IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Martin Scorsese’s movies always have their own unique style and certainly make the audience carried along. This style always creates a thriller genre that’s different from the others. For The Departed, this movie received four Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing and one nomination in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. This movie also invites a lot of famous actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and many more. The story of the movie itself is a remake of a Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. Infernal Affairs can also be said as the best crime movie ever made in Hong Kong but in here, we will discuss The Departed the remake version.
“The Departed,” tells about Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is a big-time mobster in South Boston. He runs a lot of dirty business and he is very difficult to trace its existence. That’s because he sent a spy into the FBI and the spy was Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). Sullivan was a policeman with a very strong discipline that his own boss had considered him a close friend but Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) sometimes suspected him. Police who feel this hardly finally chose to send spies into Costello business and Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the person.
For me, The Departed is a light thriller movie that has a simple story and is very easy to understand the story. So, maybe for those of you who want to watch thriller movies that have an uncomplicated story like other thriller movies or Martin Scorsese’s other films, The Departed is a good start. This movie from the beginning didn’t have an impression that makes us boring because the beginning of the scene as well, we will be shown a silhouette figure of Jack Nicholson who trains a child to become his member. The character development is also very good here let alone there are many elements of misunderstanding here such as Leonardo DiCaprio character who is regarded as a scumbag police and Matt Damon is regarded as an accomplished police but in fact, he is a spy of Castello. This movie will build on the tension when entering the conflict where the police and the Castello suspect each other. We will see the characters that exist will mutually suspect and trace each other so that we just like carry on in this movie. However, from the beginning, I had a lot of hope if the ending of this movie would have a very striking plot-twist. The result is, that’s not what I think. Apart from that, this movie is a pure light thriller that is very nice to watch.
Martin Scorsese is able to build the atmosphere of the story so that the audience will be made up and not feel bored. Moreover, a great acting of some famous actors in this movie is all great. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon who initially have their own stories and will meet as the story goes, Jack Nicholson is very brilliant performing in this movie, Mark Wahlberg who is not too dominate but perform maximally and get an Oscar nomination, and many of the legendary actors like Martin Sheen even though he is not too dominating in here. What I’m amazed about is, why did Jack Nicholson didn’t get an Oscar nomination at all? But I don’t know if this movie is better than the original version or vice versa because I’ve never seen Infernal Affairs but seen a little bit of footage on television.
Overall, The Departed is a light thriller that triggers the audience’s tension and is perfect for you to watch. With so many legendary actors, The Departed can’t sometimes be said to be the best crime movie but you will witness a lot of unpredictable events in this movie. Martin Scorsese’s movies always make me want to watch more thriller movies and I want to watch more of his movies.