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Movie Critic Review: The Departed

Martin Scorsese's
The Departed (2006)

"The Departed is streamlined, quick, sexy, funny, and genuinely shocking in places. ....the film as a whole plays like the best roller coaster in the park. Pure fun. I left feeling flushed." 
Erika Schmidt

The Irish mafia guy in this Scorsese movie describes the American nation as being...
"a nation of f**king rats!"

In the closing scene of The Departed, the camera catches a rat wandering in the balcony of an apartment! Scorsese seemed to agree with what that mafia guy had to say. Four years after he made his big movie, "Gangs of New York" 2002 which depicted the gang life in his beloved city New York, Scorsese still had a lot to say! A film-maker could either be the focus of his own movie, showing people how skilled he is. Or he stands behind a good story and tell it the way it unfolds. What Scorsese did (which is what he was not used to) was to favor the telling of a good story! No unusual camera takes or full-scale production budget (as in The Aviator). We simply watch a story being told in a straight-forward manner.
Unlike complex movies such as Michael Man's (The Insider) or Oliver Stone's (JFK), Scorsese played this one very humbly. You never expect such humility from a great movie-maker of the Scorsese caliber.

This movie symbolizes a lot in terms of the way characters are portrayed. One can assume that the character played superbly by Jack Nicholson, the arrogant old man, represents how the United States stands in the world scene. Nevertheless the drawing of characters out of the big apple must have entailed a lot of knowledge of life in the city.
However, there is a slight weakness in the story-line, with some occurrences appearing out of context or unaccounted for by the script. This might be due to the style used in building the film events. Every thing seemed to start from the middle. We are always in
the middle of an event or an encounter.
For DiCaprio, this was his third movie with Scorsese and probably his best performance.

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon
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