[Movie] The Departed (2006)

  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga
  • Based on Infernal Affairs (Movie) by Alan Mak, Felix Chong

The Departed” is a psychological crime thriller by Martin Scorsese and stars many famous actors. It also has many interesting setups: classes, cops vs. gangsters, psychological struggles, and more. It is no wonder that the movie was successful when it was released.

At least from my point of view, the main theme is the identity and the relationships of a family, love, and a group. Two main characters – Leonardo DiCaprio as Trooper Billy Costigan Jr and Matt Damon as Sergeant Colin Sullivan – are from different backgrounds but share the same identity crisis. Both of them are policemen (for the state) and gangsters (against the state) at the same time, but in fact, they do not belong to either of the groups. They are either an undercover cop or an undercover gangster – rats – but at the same time, they are not either of them.

Dr. Madolyn Madden (Vera Farmiga) could have been a crucial character that sits between two protagonists, reveals their psychological weaknesses, and leads their final destinations. But the film fails to depict her role. She just became a mediocre character who did an affair with a patient. What a pity.

Jack Nicholson plays the role of Frank Costello, a head-gangster and a father figure of Sergeant Colin Sullivan. Well, I am not sure what a director wants from this character. Frank became another Batman’s Joker. Overacting and somewhat silly afterward.

Even though the film is interesting to watch in general, it has many flaws. The story of pursuing Frank Costello does not make sense. After he was followed deliberately by the police for many years, he was suddenly ended by a somewhat silly shooting scene. Interesting plots and psychological struggles are shadowed by meaningless f words and violent scenes.

I hope the film should have been more in a serious tone with psychological struggles rather than silly comments and violence.

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