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THE DEPARTED

 Grade: A-

 
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Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Remake 
Running Time: 150 min. 
Release Date: 10/06/2006 (Wide) 

MPAA Rating: R for Strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures 

 'The Departed' is set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy -- and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

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Some good guys are bad and some bad guys are good.

A lot of people arenít what they seem in the gangster drama The Departed. Some good guys are bad, some bad guys are good and the really bad guy, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and the really good guy, Captain Ellerby (Alec Baldwin) are at times, out there like Pluto. Good and bad are linked by their relationships with Madolyn (Vera Farmiga), a police analyst who dates both Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) and Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Collin and Billy spend most of the movie unknowingly searching for each other, never realizing how close they have always been. There are plenty of close calls and gratuitous violence as you would expect in a movie revolving around crime families and the police, each working for years to infiltrate the othersí organization. Veteran director Martin Scorsese keeps the pace fast, the intensity high and has all of us guessing how the story will end. And I can pretty much promise youíll be surprised.

The acting and direction in The Departed are top notch making for a thoroughly enjoyable film. William Monahan has also been recognized by numerous organizations for his screenplay. In case you missed it at the theatre, it will be available Feb 13 on DVD. Expect to see this one figure highly in the upcoming Oscar hunt.

Grade: A-
01/05/2007 - Bob Stanza
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