I watched Martin Scorsese’s The Departed Tuesday night. I first saw the movie when it was in theaters in 2006 and got the urge to re-watch it after seeing a clip during a recent English class. Since I hadn’t seen it in three years, it was like watching it for the first time. The film was amazing all over again because I didn’t remember much about it from the first time.
The film takes place in Boston and surrounds the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia. Matt Damon’s character Sgt. Colin Sullivan grew up with Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello, the head of the mafia, as his mentor. Sullivan acts as the eyes and ears within the police force in order to benefit Costello. On the other side of the coin Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Billy Costigan buddies up with Costello while actually working as an undercover cop helping out the police.
The characters begin to unravel as the plot unfolds and both the mafia and the police work to find the rats (Damon and DiCaprio) within their own units. The tension in this movie is powerful and infectious, I was anxious and excited through the entire flick and I didn’t know what was going to happen.
I found myself really liking Colin Sullivan as the movie began and disliking Billy Costigan. By the end of the movie, this changes 180 degrees. Billy Costigan ends up being a very honorable character while Sgt. Sullivan is a total prick who will literally kill anyone who gets in the way of his ‘perfect’ reputation. Despite being a mafia man and doing lots of illegal things, I really liked Frank Costello. He was a pretty straight-forward character through the entire movie and was a badass!
The cast was fabulous, especially with supporting roles by Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Vera Farmiga. The soundtrack was great, I mean any movie that opens with Gimme Shelter by the Stones is bound to be a great movie.