Review: The Departed

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Read ahead on your own risk

Guy1: Hey did you see The Departed?
Guy2: Yeah, awesome movie man! Loved it.
Guy1: Yeah dude, no time to think, no time to analyze the movie, it just kept surging ahead!
Guy2: That’s what I loved about it – Martin Scorsese had his foot on the gas, and he never let off. And what great acting!
Guy1: I especially loved Leonardo DiCaprio (LDC), never knew he could act this well.
Guy2: LDC was good but he looked an amateur in front of Jack Nicholson (JN).
Guy1: JN was scary. Remember that scene when he walks in the bar covered in blood and nonchalantly asks LDC to leave.
Guy2: That is one thing I did not like about the movie… Too much gore!
Guy1: Who asked you to go with your girlfriend?
Guy2: That was a mistake 😦 And even the language! Had I seen this movie with any of my family members, they would not have needed a pan to make an omelet.
Guy1: So what else do you expect from a crime movie? There had to be at least two ‘f*ck’ in every sentence.
Guy2: The dialogue writers must have surely exhausted all conceivable ways of using f*ck in your vocabulary.
Guy1: You know the Indian directors can learn one thing from Martin Scorsese.
Guy2: Gah! What an under-statement; but go on… What do you have in mind?
Guy1: When the cops or criminals shot, they did not talk. Did you notice no guy came back from the dead! Martin Scorsese heeded to the advice Bruce Willis received in Die Hard, “Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate!”
Guy2: You remind me of the scene where LDC has Matt Damon in his clutches, the elevator door opens and BOOM! LDC is dead. 30 seconds more and 2 more guys have kicked the bucket. All headshots!
Guy1: This CS thing has addled your brains. People were being killed and you noticed headshots? But leave that… You know we have been talking about “The Departed” for a while now and this is the first time we mentioned Matt Damon (MD)!
Guy2: MD was good, actually too good. He was supposed to not stand out, being a mole getting noticed easily is suicidal. He played his part to perfection, he was never doubted – he played the role of model cop to perfection.
Guy1: The one cop who stood out was Mark Wahlberg.
Guy2: Gosh! I had almost forgotten him. You just had to love that guy. Getting on someone’s nerves so easily has to be an art! And in the end when he kills MD, he was wearing plastic over his shoes. That was one smart cop, leaving no traces at all – a perfect murder.
Guy1: Leave apart everything, I learnt an important lesson after watching this movie.
Guy2: What?
Guy1: The worst job profile is of a mole. High-pressure job, oodles of tension, and in the end you get knocked off.
Guy2: Wise@ss!

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9 Responses to “Review: The Departed”


  1. 1 paresh November 6, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    lovely ….

    thanks for accepting my request …

    but the problem is this review is just awesome .. i would comment again when i am out of this frame of mind … which your review has put me in πŸ™‚ …

    so hang on !

  2. 2 Sreejith November 6, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    Now thats what i call a different kind of review! But you did throw in a lot of spoilers yaar. Some spoiler warning would have been good.
    Coming to the movie, i felt that Nicholson and Damon were really good but it was Leonardo who carried it. He pulls off a stupendous performance. Its probably the best acting performance of his career. Losing your identity is a scary thought. But after watching a movie like “Bourne identity” you dont really feel bad about some Bourne losing his memory and identity. And that is where Scorsese is good. His characters are real and believable. You feel their pain. When they cry, you are moved emotionally too. And thats why this time the Oscar will be his, finally. If there was anyone who has earned it, it was Scorsese.

    The Departed is remade from “Internal Affairs” and hence one cant say too much about the plot. But the movie is technically brilliant. The background score is non-intrusive and the editing is crisp. However all said and done it does get a tad boring for a few minutes in the middle but again not enough for you to take your attention away. The climax is what makes the movie though. Its really quick and it will hit you with one twist after another and it will hit you hard. Watch it.

  3. 3 Rakesh November 7, 2006 at 8:06 am

    Yeah the climax was awesome … one bang and one man down … kool .. no heroism like carrying bullets in their hearts and still fighting… makes much more sense ..

  4. 4 playboi November 7, 2006 at 10:40 am

    its not that great a movie. okish. There have been better ones on the same theme

  5. 6 Kunal November 8, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    paresh, still hanging on. And now my arms are aching after all those hanging? Can I have that ‘big’ comment now?

    sreejith, added the spoiler warning πŸ™‚ and you almost wrote in a mini-review there …

    rakesh, yup πŸ™‚

    playboi, do give me the names of the better movies you have in mind… I would surely watch them..

    erimentha, so do I πŸ™‚

  6. 7 full2faltu November 21, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    Nice review. The movie does takes some time to pick up but when it does it picks up like anything. Also the last 30 minutes were too good.

    I liked it a lot!

    -Punds

  7. 8 nicky June 13, 2007 at 8:33 am

    when do u think the climax was?
    i thought there were a few.

  8. 9 CMrok93 March 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    This was a great movie from beginning to the final minutes and than i felt rushed. Very rushed, I’m not sure why but the final 30 minutes or so just were overdone. But in the end still a great movie, and just a great film overall. Good review, check out mine when you can!


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