Dave White
The Departed Review

Dave's Rating:


… Mark Wahlberg is the coolest …

Who's in It: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin

The Basics: A young cop (DiCaprio) infiltrates the mob, and a young mobster (Damon) infiltrates the cops. The rats dance around each other, each trying to be the first to bust the other. Eventually, lots of guys get shot in the face.

What's the Deal? Tired of really dull Martin Scorsese movies, like Gangs of New York and The Aviator? Fed up with his leading man of choice, Leonardo DiCaprio? Wish they'd both just go away? Well, they're back. But this time, it's a good movie. Really good, in fact. The kind of crime drama Scorsese knows best. It's tense, it never gets bogged down and you won't notice that two and half hours have passed when the final credits roll.

They Finally Dropped: DiCaprio took longer to get through puberty than any other boyish actor ever. Remember in The Aviator? That mustache he had? It was like he was in the fourth-grade production of The Life of Howard Hughes. Here you'll finally believe he's a grown man.

Weakest Link and MVP: Am I the only person who thinks Jack Nicholson gets a pass for a lot of lazy, mugging performances in which all he does is behave roguishly or wiggle his eyebrows a lot? Scorsese mostly keeps those impulses in check, but he still tries to derail his scenes more than he should, and I wish he'd stop. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg is the coolest, most profane presence in the movie. I can't even repeat most of the things he says, but if they gave Oscars for coolest swearing, he would win.

Want More? This is based on an awesome Hong Kong movie called Infernal Affairs from a couple of years ago. Watch that one, too.


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