The Departed

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The Departed is a 2006 crime drama thriller directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Internal Affairs.  The film is called The Departed because of the reading of a poem in the movie during a police funeral.  The movie takes place in Boston, and is about the investigation of an Irish-American mobster named Frank Costello.  The leader of the FBI investigation is Colin Sullivan, who is secretly hired by Frank to prevent the finding of Costello.  William “Billy” Costigan is an undercover cop who’s job is to infiltrate into the mob family and make himself a part of the mob, and become Costello’s most loyal mobster, and eventually turn him over to the Massachusetts State Police.  The entire movie is very tense and dramatic, and heavily relies on the theme of betrayal and loyalty.  The movie follows each character’s life deeply, and shows Billy Costigan’s depression as he is forced to live six painstaking months as a mobster and FBI agent alike, making himself look like a criminal to state police, but a hero to those who truly know who he is.  The events in the movie transition between the life and jobs of William Costigan and Colin Sullivan.  The two characters, Costigan and Sullivan, are very similar, but different in the fact that they serve a different cause.  They are similar in the aspect that they both live a lie to bring about a cause that they see is right.  Leonardo DiCaprio does a great performance in showing the stress and anxiety of William Costigan, and Jack Nicholson nails his portrayal of a psychopathic-killer mob boss.  Matt Damon does an excellent performance as a sketchy bribed investigations leader.


The scene in which William Costigan is questioned whether or not he is a rat by Frank Costello is very well played out by the two actors.  In the tense encounters between the two characters, they both reach their full potential as their characters.  William Costigan noticeably hides back his anxiety while Frank Costello intimidates him with his own psychopathic threats rhetorical questions.  When both Costigan and Sullivan understand the entire situation, they try to discover each other’s identity.


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