For this film critique I watched The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese. This film was one of the most frustrating things I have ever watched, and I don’t want to give any spoilers… but THAT ENDING! Scorsese had with him an all star cast of Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Whalberg, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Jack Nicholson, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, and so many more. And not only did he have a slew of hot Hollywood names but all of them put on fantastic and entertaining performances.
The movie is set in Boston where Billy Costagan, a failed police academy rookie, goes undercover to take out the notorious gang organization led by Frank Costello. While Billy is incorporated into the gang and finds himself too far into a very dangerous life Colin Sullivan goes undercover in the police department to report for Frank. When the two discover that there is a rat in each other’s organizations Billy and Colin do everything they can to discover the rat, and stay alive.
So one of the most iconic parts of this movie is the accents that the actors take on. When I say that we are in Boston for this film, the actors make it extremely clear we are in Boston. Brash bostonian drawls assail our ears right from the get go, and at least for me never having been in Boston before, I immediately was drawn into the place. The accents were so good in fact I had to put in subtitles because I couldn’t understand all of Mark Whalbergs character. This movie made it very clear to me that little things like the accents of characters can be just as important as any look they could have for a location.
Another great part of this movie is the character dynamic of Billy and Colin. Both are the same, trying to be cops in Boston, and are pretty similar looking actors, but they lead such vastly different lives. The power dynamic between them is clear and the danger associated around both of them is palpable. Scorsese does a great job of keeping the audience on the edge with these two, always causing us to wonder who will actually win in the end. And it’s clearly not clear who will win until the very very end. Billy will make a gain and Colin will start to feel the pressure. Frank pushes Colin back into gear and makes Billy fear for his life. The battles between them span the whole movie. Both of the characters struggle with their identity throughout this, trying to maintain their cover while also trying to hold on to their own self-identity, both identies merging by the end of the movie.
Overall this movie wasn’t captivating, exciting, down and dirty, and bloody. It actually made me storm out of the room because I was so frustrated, and dumbstruck because of its surprises. Well executed and beautifully done, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime dramas, or the super attractive Hollywood boys.