Thursday, March 11, 2010

#68 The Departed: You were like different people!

2006. dir. Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Mark Walberg.

Seen it before? Several times.

Business travel sucks... we're falling behind with this shit....

Fortunately I have a video iPod so I can watch this delightful little romp, about spying and betrayal and Boston's organized crime scene. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Billy Costigan, who is sent by the Boston Massachusetts state police to infiltrate the Costello organization. Jack Nicholson plays Frank Costello, who send his protege Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) to interfere with the police. And thus ensues a high-stakes chess match, as Sullivan and Costigan race to track each other down.

It's a Scorsese movie so there's lots of fun violence and swearing. The supporting cast is great; I loved Ray Winstone as Mr. French and Mark Walberg as the profane Sgt. Dignam. Of course Alec Baldwin is great too. Didn't really care for Vera Farmiga, but she does strip down to her underwear at one point so all is forgiven. Also I thought Jack Nicholson was way too Jack Nicholson-y. When exactly did he become a parody of himself?

Position on the list: 50
The ending: I think Ralph Wiggum said it best: "The rat is a symbol for obviousness!"

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