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Two cops, one whose prime target is powerful Irish mob boss Frank Costello and the other with a violent temper that cost him his badge and gets recruited by Costello's ranks. But neither man is what he seems and, as they work at cross purposes, they are plunged into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in which the stakes could not be higher.
Crime Drama - This is a violent, gritty cops and mobsters drama that will be
especially pleasing to fans of the stars and director Martin
Scorsese. Although there are pulpy action elements, this is
definitely more of a dramatic piece. Those sensitive to violence may
want to steer clear, though.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 19 S-words, 3 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Briefly heard and seen sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: Brutal, bloody beatings and shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine. ACTION: Chases and gunplay. COMEDY: Some darkly comic dialogue.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Excellent The original film was gritty and entertaining; the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since Goodfellas...
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Kudos to him for coming back from those flawed, but ambitious, efforts with one of the best films of his career.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 119 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Both males and females enjoyed "Departed" very much. Only a very small percentage rated it a little low.
ADULTS:These are good, but not great, opinions. About three-quarters rated it "Very Good" or higher, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, there are quite a few who rated it between average and terrible. I suspect some of these lower opinions are due to the high level of violent and sexual content. So, if the content doesn't bother you then I have no problem recommending "The Departed."
In South Boston the Massachusetts State Police
Department is waging an all-out war to take down the city's top organized crime ring.
The key is to end the reign of powerful mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) from
the inside. A young rookie, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), who grew up in South
Boston, is assigned to infiltrate the mob run by Costello. While Billy is working to gain
Costello's trust, another young cop who came up from the streets of "Southie," Colin
Sullivan (Matt Damon), is quickly rising through the ranks of the state police. Earning a
spot in the Special Investigations Unit, Colin is among a handful of elite officers whose
mission is to bring Costello down. But what his superiors don't know is that Colin is
working for Costello, keeping the crime boss one step ahead of the police.
Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information
about the plans and counter-plans of the operation he has penetrated. But when it
becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that they have a mole in their midst,
Billy and Colin find themselves in constant 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