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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Departed

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 4:00 AM

*****
The Departed
Length: Single
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: R
Website: http://thedeparted.warnerbros.com/
Release Date: 2006-10-06
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga
Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: William Monahan, Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Music Score: Howard Shore
WorkNameSort: Departed, The
Our Rating: 5.00
Let's say The Age of Innocence, Kundun and The Aviator were experimental diversions from a restless Martin Scorsese resisting another movie about gangsters and mean streets. If that's so, then The Departed is his apology to the legions of fans awaiting the next Raging Bull and receiving sandy vistas and costumed melodramas. The Departed is a bloody, nihilistic, intelligent, pulpy epic filled with avant-garde techniques. Transporting the 2002 Japanese crime drama Infernal Affairs to Boston, William Monahan's ingenious script is rife with shocking revelations and shifting allegiances. The Departed is an exploration of identity loss in our modern age of spying, existing very much in the technological now. Thanks largely to the crude camp of Jack Nicholson's best performance in decades, the film is also funny, utilizing the GoodFellas-esque macabre humor Tarantino and others have since aped. It's the violence that most lingers, however. Scorsese can take old-fashioned shoot-'em-ups and make it seem like we're seeing recoiled revolvers and splattering brains for the first time. Clearly, it's the freshness of inspiration ' of a director completely at home in our troubled society.

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