Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Ray Winstone
There are movies and then there is The Departed, probably the best cop crime movie from todays crop of movies. The movie narrates the life of two Boston State Police Officers, both with different backgrounds and completely different life choices. Frank Costella (Nicholson) is an Irish family organised crime boss from Boston that the police has been trying to nab for many years. Colin Sullivan (Damon) is a young officer who has a clean record and has always excelled in whatever he wished to do. Unknown to anyone, he is Costella’s mole in the police department and secretly leaks information to him. Billy Costigan is everything that Sullivan isnt. A family full of criminals and a record that might doubt his honesty towards the police force. In spite of his background, Costigan is determined to do good for society and accepts to throw away his entire life and identity so that he could become a mole for the police and work for Costella. Costigan and Sullivan both realise that there is a mole from the other side but are unable to reveal each others’ true identities in spite of repeated attempts. The movie is one of Martin Scorsese’s finest and most praised ever and is the truest form of cinema ever. There is no unnecessary jazz, drama or shenanigans and the movie does know how to get down to the basics and set the ball rolling.
Thumbs up: Pure and raw cop-crime
Thumbs down: Nothing whatsoever
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