To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.
ActorsStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan, James Badge Dale, David O'Hara, Robert Wahlberg, Kristen Dalton, Thomas B. Duffy, Dick Hughes, Chance Kelly, Larry Mitchell, Mark Rolston, J.C. MacKenzie, Mary Klug, Robert 'Toshi' Kar Yuen Chan, Gurdeep Singh, Armen Garo, John Cenatiempo, Billy Smith, Brian Smyj, William Severs, Douglas Crosby, Dorothy Lyman, Audrie Neenan, Conor Donovan, Patrick Coppola, Mick O'Rourke, Nellie Sciutto, Henry Yuk, John Rue, Joseph P. Reidy, John Farrer, Brian Haley, Terry Serpico, Jay Giannone, David Conley, Jill Brown, Tom Kemp, Johnny Cicco, Shay Duffin, David Fischer, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Craig Castaldo, James P. Anderson, Takumi Bando, Eric Bruno Borgman, David Boston, Brendan Burke, Chris Chinn, Jeffrey Corazzini, Jim Ford, Trudi Goodman, Steve Lord, Jack McCullough, Osmani Rodriguez, Lawrence Cameron Steele, Stream, Conor Timmis, Joseph Oliveira, Mark Falvo, Adam Masnyk, Shawn Fogarty, John Franchi
This is why remakes shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. The legendary Martin Scorsese with his screenwriter William Monahan have taken an okay Chinese film, Infernal Affairs, and breathed new life into it, framing it as an American epic crime drama. This is Scorcese’s best since Goodfellas and it deserves mention alongside Scorsese’s other most celebrated films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
I don’t want to go into the plot too far. The trailer goes a bit too deep in my opinion. I will just say that it is a high stakes game of lies, secrets, and hidden identities. This is among the greatest of ensemble casts of all time. We have headliners like Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg (Oscar nominated), and Alec Baldwin turning in superb supporting roles while Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon shine under the leadership of a premier director. This was the role that skyrocketed DiCaprio into the stratosphere. He and Scorsese work so brilliantly together, this was the best work he had done at the time. This is an amazing return to form for Jack Nicholson. He relishes every moment before the camera with this diabolical confidence and intensity. I think it was criminal that he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar.
Speaking of Oscars, The Departed did go home with four awards on that night. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing. As far as crime dramas go, this is one of the best. Take note, this is a gangster film by Scorsese so there is a fair amount of violence and profanity. However, The Departed is somewhat tame in comparison to some of the director’s other films. It is entangling and highly entertaining, truly the best of 2006.