Finally I got time to watch The Departed. And here is my review (may contain spoilers).
This film by Martin Scorsese had proved another point to Scorsese’s brilliant directing. And here is the rip-off. Being adapted from the Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs, this remake is indeed a total copy of the original. Undermining those minor changes to the storyline, the plot is definitely the same. This is rather a let-down, given that the story is predictable and lame. I am saying this because all of those lame Hong Kong movies are very lame and appeared consistent to each other with their boring police and triad battle storyline. But what is different about Infernal Affairs, however, is that it is the first movie involving spies on both sides of the police force and the triad. Lame, I have said to those Hong Kong movies (the last time I watched on TV was last month during my holidays, and I was quick to turn the channel) but the obvious differences that Scorsese made in The Departed are the violent scenes that remarkably Scorsese and the well written script. At least, for once, Leonardo DiCaprio is not talking rubbish. What I really admire about this movie is actually the script writing. It is among the best so far (in my interpretation, of course).
So what is the whole deal of The Departed? Given the vicious gunfights expected between the battle of the police and the mob, the movie is indeed a bloodbath. So Infernal Affairs to The Departed? I was guessing The Departed is about those countless death as a result from the mob’s dominance, which was hinted throughout the movie. But the screenplay writer, William Monahan, claimed that it is about the people who are departed from their actual job and deal themselves into something else. And he also claimed that he did not referred (and not even ever watched) the original adaptation of Infernal Affairs. Well, I don’t speak Cantonese anyway. So I won’t be able to get a clue of what are they talking about. The only ridicule flaw that I came to light is the excessive use of profanity, specifically “fuck” and “cocksucker”. And here I go, what the fuck? Is Monahan fuckin’ nuts? Is Scorsese fucking accept those fucking script? And even those fucking cast of this fucking movie! They don’t give a fuck about talking all of those fucking bullshit. Are they fucking lost their mind? So fuck it. I mean, I better stop it.
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt… a lot!
“When you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”
Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) was comparing a cop and a mob as he was trying to explain it to young Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon). That is one of many notable quotes from the movie. Costello pretty much raised Sullivan (otherwise known as Collie) as his own son and managed to plant him as a mole in the polica squad. And here comes the good guys. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), having a criminal family background, was the perfect candidate for the Undercover Division to act as mole in Costello’s organization. He was sent to jail as a prove of his criminal records (despite himself still being a cop) and making some scenes to attract Costello’s attention that eventually allow him to work under Costello. The juicy part about this complex betrayal storyline is how Collie and Costigan trying their best to cover their tracks while working out their own character. But that is not the best part though. The climax took place when a shootout occurred and Costello died by his own mole whom he regarded as his own son. Yes, Collie made that final backlash to his own so-called father. But it was hinted that even Collie did not like Costello. Still, this does not miss out the fact that there is a mole in the Special Investigation Unit as well as at Costello’s mob gang.
Special Investigation Unit with Undercover Unit
The finale was a face-off between these two moles. They had finally figured out each other’s real identity and Costigan was the first one to make his move bring Collie down. Unfortunately, in the police squad, Collie was not the only mole. Barrigan, a backup trooper who is also Collie’s friend, killed Costigan and said that both of them need to work together to cover up everything. Yeah, trust the words from a mole. Bang! Collie killed Barrigan, leaving him alone without any possible suspicion and put all the blame on Barrigan.
The face-off between Sullivan and Costigan
However, Scorsese will not be pleased to have that kind of ending. Hence forth, Staff Sergeant Dignam. He is one of Costigan’s superior and the assistant of the assassinated Captain Queenan. These two are the only ones who know about Costigan’s true identity. But Queenan’s dead, so that leaves Dignam. Yet all faith has lost for Costigan when Dignam quit the squad. So you can really imagine how pathetic is Costigan. In referral to the ending, the sole survivor of the complex conflict, Collie, was finally faced his own justice. Now picture this. He just entered his apartment when he saw Dignam waiting for him with a gun pointed at him, directly on the head. Remember this? When facing a loaded gun, what is the difference?
That was all Collie got to say when Dignam pulled the trigger. In the end, everyone died (not everyone in the literal way though). What a classic end this
My ratings: 5 out of 5