The Departed

The Departed

The Departed

The Departed:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! Rewatching this award-winning film 11 years later is still every bit as enjoyable as when I first saw it in cinema in 2006. However the experience I had might be different to many American audiences for I watched and loved its original 4 years before The Departed was made.The Departed is an adaptation from a Hongkong made original film, Infernal Affairs. The storyline, plot twists, characters and in some cases dialogues and scenes were extremely similar between the two films, with the exception of a few changes in The Departed towards the very end of the film - In the original, there were two different endings: Mainland China version ended with the arrest of the "police mole" (the girlfriend reported on him), while in the Hongkong version his true identity remained unrevealed and he continued in the police force after fabricating the report for the incident shown in the elevator scene, however the last scenes showed that he had a constant suffering from a great internal struggle of a confused identity.I have to say I enjoyed both films equally. The Departed is on a darker, bloodier side with more quick-paced action and realism while the Infernal Affair continued some traditions of Hongkong police-triad themed and melodramatic storytelling. The Infernal Affairs' Chinese title, directly translated to "The Never-Ending Paths", refers to the lowest level of hell in Buddhism belief where one is trapped in eternal suffering. However despite the many use of distorted shots of Buddha statues in The Infernal Affairs to echo this theme, I did find the internal struggles of the two main characters weren't portrayed as much or as well as in its later adaptation The Departed. The use of Buddhism motifs, however, did lifted the Infernal Affairs a little above eye-level and as an audience one may in some cases feel empathetic to the sufferings of the characters from another perspective. It is interesting to me to think that many Hongkong and Mainland China's directors were influenced by Martin Scorsese over the past decades, who in turn won his Oscar with this adaptation. I am happy a film of this quality came out of this symbiosis relationship.oklahoma city mall,ranking top17,choiceThe Departed
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Departed, The: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) (WS)

Rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). It's his job to win Costello's trust and help his detective handlers (Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen) bring Costello down. Meanwhile, SIU officer Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone's trust. No one suspects he's Costello's mole. How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed. Martin Scorsese directs, guiding a cast for the ages in a visceral tale of crime and consequences. This is searing, can't-look-away filmmaking: like staring into the eyes of a con - or a cop - with a gun.

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Martin Scorsese makes a welcome return to the mean streets (of Boston, in this case) with The Departed, hailed by many as Scorsese's best film since "i"Casino. Since this crackling crime thriller is essentially a Scorsese-stamped remake of the acclaimed 2002 Hong Kong thriller "i"Infernal Affairs, the film was intensely scrutinized by devoted critics and cinephiles, and while Scorsese's intense filmmaking and all-star cast deserve ample acclaim, The Departed is also worthy of serious re-assessment, especially with regard to what some attentive viewers described as sloppy craftsmanship (!), notably in terms of mismatched shots and jagged continuity. But no matter where you fall on the Scorsese appreciation scale, there's no denying that "i"The Departed is a signature piece of work from one of America's finest directors, designed for maximum impact with a breathtaking series of twists, turns, and violent surprises. It's an intricate cat-and-mouse game, but this time the cat and mouse are both moles: Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is an ambitious cop on the rise, planted in the Boston police force by criminal kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hot-tempered police cadet who's been artificially disgraced and then planted into Costello's crime operation as a seemingly trustworthy soldier. As the multilayered plot unfolds (courtesy of a scorching adaptation by Kingdom of Heaven screenwriter William Monahan), Costigan and Sullivan conduct a volatile search for each other (they're essentially looking for "themselves") while simultaneously wooing the psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga) assigned to treat their crime-driven anxieties.

Such convenient coincidences might sink a lesser film, but The Departed is so electrifying that you barely notice the plot-holes. And while Nicholson's profane swagger is too much "Jack" and not enough "Costello," he's still a joy to watch, especially in a film that's additionally energized by memorable (and frequently hilarious) supporting roles for Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and a host of other big-name performers. The Departed also makes clever and plot-dependent use of cell-phones, to the extent that it couldn't exist without them. Powered by Scorsese's trademark use of well-chosen soundtrack songs (from vintage rock to Puccini's operas), The Departed may not be perfect, but it's one helluva ride for moviegoers, proving popular enough to become the biggest box-office hit of Scorsese's commercially rocky career. --Jeff Shannon

On the DVD
Introduced by director Martin Scorsese, the nine deleted scenes from The Departed are all interesting to watch, though not a significant loss from the picture. The other bonus features are very good as well. "Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed" is a 21-minute history of the real-life Boston gangster Jack Nicholson's character was based on. Scorsese, screenwriter William Monahan, and a number of journalists are among those interviewed. In "Crossing Criminal Cultures" (24 minutes), Scorsese and the cast discuss gangster pictures and specifically Scorsese's. Consider that a warm-up for Scorsese on Scorsese, an 86-minute documentary from 2004. (It's the only bonus feature not available on the HD DVD or Blu-ray versions.) There's no narrator or interviewer: it's just Scorsese talking about his upbringing and influences. There's a generous use of clips through The Aviator and even his American Express commercial. --David Horiuchi

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The Departed

The Departed:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! Rewatching this award-winning film 11 years later is still every bit as enjoyable as when I first saw it in cinema in 2006. However the experience I had might be different to many American audiences for I watched and loved its original 4 years before The Departed was made.The Departed is an adaptation from a Hongkong made original film, Infernal Affairs. The storyline, plot twists, characters and in some cases dialogues and scenes were extremely similar between the two films, with the exception of a few changes in The Departed towards the very end of the film - In the original, there were two different endings: Mainland China version ended with the arrest of the "police mole" (the girlfriend reported on him), while in the Hongkong version his true identity remained unrevealed and he continued in the police force after fabricating the report for the incident shown in the elevator scene, however the last scenes showed that he had a constant suffering from a great internal struggle of a confused identity.I have to say I enjoyed both films equally. The Departed is on a darker, bloodier side with more quick-paced action and realism while the Infernal Affair continued some traditions of Hongkong police-triad themed and melodramatic storytelling. The Infernal Affairs' Chinese title, directly translated to "The Never-Ending Paths", refers to the lowest level of hell in Buddhism belief where one is trapped in eternal suffering. However despite the many use of distorted shots of Buddha statues in The Infernal Affairs to echo this theme, I did find the internal struggles of the two main characters weren't portrayed as much or as well as in its later adaptation The Departed. The use of Buddhism motifs, however, did lifted the Infernal Affairs a little above eye-level and as an audience one may in some cases feel empathetic to the sufferings of the characters from another perspective. It is interesting to me to think that many Hongkong and Mainland China's directors were influenced by Martin Scorsese over the past decades, who in turn won his Oscar with this adaptation. I am happy a film of this quality came out of this symbiosis relationship.oklahoma city mall,ranking top17,choiceThe Departed