29 July 2007

The Departed

Who the fuck are you?
I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

Wow! This has got to be one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile – superb acting, nail-biting tension, complex characters, super sharp dialog, and south Boston accents so thick the rest of the country needs subtitles. Every character in The Departed is thoroughly steeped in the world of lies and deception, but Matt Damon's Colin Sullivan and Leonardo DiCaprio's Billy Costigan perfectly illuminate the psychological damage and behaviors associated with living a dual, and deathly secret, life. DiCaprio creates empathy for Costigan as the young man whose schizophrenic upbringing shuttling between housing projects and elite boarding schools allows him to authentically navigate the Southie underworld whereas Damon creates disdain for Sullivan as the duplicitous cop whose has risen through the ranks as a result of his mob connections. Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg have some of the best, obscenity-infused lines this side of The Sopranos. Only drawback to The Departed – the freakin' bagpipe music – enough of that already….

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