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The Departed (2006) October 10, 2006

Posted by ayasawada in Film.

IMDB: The Departed (2005)
In short: Infernal fucking affairs.

(Spoilers)Thoughts: Scorcese’s latest is certainly a return to form, but this is as much to do with the source material as the skill of the director.

The Departed is undoubtedly a fantastic film. Gripping from start to finish, furnished with outstanding performances and brimming with fabulous dialogue – the movies don’t get much better than this. It is of course based on the Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong and any number of well known Chinese talent. That’s topped by the Hollywood offering of Nicholson, DiCaprio, Damon, Sheen, Wahlberg, Winstone and Baldwin – powerhouse performances from a A+ cast and with Jack seemingly returning to the Joker. But the powerful story is there untouched, as is the excrutiating tension – though the latter tempered slightly by a slower build-up. They’ve coda’d the ending to make it slightly more palletable, but the adaptation (from Hong Kong Triads to Boston-Irish gangsters) well-handled and the pace of the thing is unbelievable – the quickest two and a half hour movie I’ve seen. But its the dialogue that will make this a cult classic. There hasn’t been a movie this quotable since Pulp Fiction. If the likes of Scarface, Goodfellas and The Godfather are anything to go by, I’ll be damn surprised if people aren’t still quoting The Departed in ten years time.



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