Martin Scorsese delivers with “The Departed” a superb thriller that leaves nothing to be desired. Scene of the crime: The Irish mafia against the FBI in present day Boston. Who wins? It wouldn’t be a Scorsese movie if it wouldn’t boil down to “organized crime doesn’t pay”.
I hear people say this is better than “Goodfellas“, is it? I’d say no, simply because it lacks the level of class “Goodfellas” had. “The Departed” is modern, it is crude, the story is secondary, it is merely about the good guys vs. the bad guys and that there are only losers and no winners in this whole circle of violence and corruption called “organized crime”.
“The Departed” is a cleverly orchestrated version for the new generation who may find “Goodfellas” a bit too dusty. It does offer nothing new but what it offers it offers with brilliant acting and sharp cinematography. Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) an undercover cop tries to win the trust of Frank Costello (Nicholson) to eventually bring the mafia boss to justice not knowing that there are moles on both sides. Colin Sullivan (Damon) has two bosses and bloodshed is inevitable…
You may not like Leonardo but you cannot deny that he does an amazing job as Billy Costigan and paired with Jack Nicholson who is just awesome as mafia boss Frank Costello, Leonard holds more than just his own, he pulls it off and brings the character to life. No small feat.
“The Departed” simply delivers on all accounts, there is no other way to put it. Whether it is better than “Donnie Brasco“, “Goodfellas” or whatever mafia movie you want to name is beside the point. “The Departed” stands for itself and it is top notch cinema.