Saturday, June 25, 2011

Movie Review Saturday: The Departed

*this review may contain plot spoilers

Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama. Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Walhberg (nominated in 2007 for an Oscar in a supporting role, did not win)
Directed by: Martin Scorsese (nominated in 2007 for an Oscar in best directing - won)
Written by: William Monahan, Alan Mark and Felix Chong

Plot Line: (borrowed from IMDB) - Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities.

Plot Summary: (borrowed from IMDB) -"In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police 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 mob 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. But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover?"

Sailor's Wife thoughts: Sailor Man and I saw this in the theater when it first came out, and truthfully it's a fantastic movie. However, it's pretty graphic. You see the shots in the head and the blood spatter after, you see the cocaine being tested, there is no full nudity but plenty of partial, the "F" word is used at least twice in every sentence. It's a rough movie. However, all that aside it's a great "who-dun-it" where you know the answer. Your heart races hoping one side doesn't find the other. The acting was superb! I kind of laugh at their accents though, I wonder if that is how Matt Damon really sounds? You are pulled into each of their characters mind frames and you feel their emotions! Martin Scorsese deserved the Oscar for this movie, very well directed!

We decided to watch this movie thanks to the news that's been buzzing the last few days! From IMDB's FAQ page - "The Departed", and the character of Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack Nicholson), is loosely based on the story of Whitey Bulger, a Boston Southie considered by Law Enforcement to be one of the last Irish mobsters. Bulger often gave information to John Connolly, an FBI agent, on the Italian Mafia in Boston, in order to take over the city himself. Bulger spent his career as a psychotic killer and even ran guns for the IRA in the 1970s. Even after Bulger stopped passing on actual information to the FBI, Connolly still protected him from the Staties. Bulger is currently on the FBI's most wanted list and considered dangerous, even though he is in his 70's. Update:  On June 22, 2011, he was arrested at the apartment he had lived in for fifteen years in Santa Monica, California, along with his girlfriend Catherine Greig. He was 81 years old at the time of his arrest, and supposedly in poor health. Bulger and Greig were quickly extradited back to Massachusetts and were brought under heavy guard to the waterfront federal courthouse in Boston, necessitating the closing of part of Boston Harbor. Greig was arraigned in the federal District Court of the First Circuit in Boston on charges of harboring a fugitive and is currently seeking release on bail. He remains in custody at the Plymouth County House of Correction in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Sailor's Wife Star Rating (out of 5) - tStartStartStartStar

Most definitely NOT suitable for audiences under age 16


Amber said...

This is one of my most favorite movies. Interesting about the link to Bulger, I didn't know that!

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