Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark
Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin
Released by: Warner Bros.
Short: Director Martin Scorsese adds to
his impressive resumé with this modern
American film masterpiece of crime and punishment.
Oscar Season Begins
Directs Another Masterpiece
you’re of the school that Martin Scorsese is one
of America’s finest directors (based on films like
“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,”
“Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “The
Aviator” for starters) then run, don’t walk,
to the first showing of “The Departed.” For
with this incredible film, the 63-year-old auteur cements
his position as the best in Hollywood—despite the
fact that he’s never won an Academy Award during
his more than 40 years in the business (he’s been
nominated five times).
Scorsese should finally win for this film, as his insightful,
brutal look at modern-day Boston’s cops and criminals
truly is a tour de force. A complex story of that city’s
police joining with the FBI in an attempt to take down
a powerful Irish mob boss, “The Departed”
begins with a beautifully structured screenplay and ends
with a series of images that moviegoers will never forget.
between, a troupe of incredible actors breathes intense
life into the somewhat-based-on-truth tale. From Jack
Nicholson’s extremely believable (and distinctly
creepy) turn as crime czar Frank Costello to Leonardo
DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan, an on-the-edge undercover
cop who infiltrates his organization, the film is packed
with Oscar-caliber performances. Matt Damon shines as
Colin Sullivan, a seemingly straight-arrow police officer;
Mark Wahlberg leaps off the screen as the toughest in
a crew of very tough cops; and Alec Baldwin gives a powerful
supporting performance as a good-old-boy crimestopper
who lets his fists do his talking.
it goes right on down the line to the smallest bit player,
for Scorsese has cast his film perfectly and then that
talented group loose to inhabit the dark underworld of
Beantown’s mean streets. But it isn’t just
the acting that makes “The Departed” such
a compelling film; the themes of honor, truth, betrayal
and revenge among men are interwoven with striking visuals
and a perfect soundtrack. They create a whole that is
so emotionally wrenching—and fascinating—that
you’ll be thinking about “The Departed”
long after you’ve, well, departed the theater.
for a slew of nominations for this film as it is undoubtedly
the one to beat thus far this awards season. And if Scorsese
doesn’t win the Best Director Oscar for this masterpiece
of a movie, it will definitely be a crime.