Leonardo DiCaprio (Billy Costigan) is one of my favorite actors and as usual, he is awesome as a rookie detective who goes undercover, infiltrating an Irish mob syndicate. Jack Nicholson plays the part of the mob boss (Frank Costello) extremely well.
One of the problems with this film is they cast Matt Damon (Colin Sullivan) as the bad guy who is a police officer for the Boston Police Department. Matt and Leonardo are similar enough that it gets confusing sometimes. My mother even told me she kept getting mixed up between Matt and Leo, so I know it’s not just me.
It is confusing enough having a cop who is a bad guy and working for the mob and a mob guy who is really a cop, but then they are both involved with the same woman as well; police psychiatrist Madolyn Madden (Vera Farmiga)
If that’s not confusing enough for you, Matt Damon is given the assignment of finding the mole that is leaking stuff to the mob, so he basically has to find himself for the police department. Furthermore, the police have Billy (Leo) trying to find the leak and the mob has Colin (Matt) trying to find out who the mob mole is.
I think this was a good movie, but hard to follow sometimes and a bit confusing. I am glad I waited to see it until it was on DVD so I could stop the movie and back up and watch things again.
Martin Sheen does a wonderful job as Captain Queenan, who steadfastly refuses to divulge the identity of his mole to Colin Sullivan, who is desperately trying to find out. Alec Baldwin has always been a very good actor and he played the part of Captain Ellerby superbly. Staff Sgt. Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) is a little over-zealous in his demeanor and language, winning him an academy award nomination for best supporting actor.
With all the famous people in this movie, it is no wonder it won four Academy Awards. I’m just surprised none of them were for the music because this film had awesome rock music like Rolling Stones, Bad Finger, Beach Boys, Allman Brothers Band and many more.
The Oscars awarded were for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese, first win following five nominations), Best Film Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker) and Best Adapted Screenplay (William Monahan).
My vote is that The Departed is worth watching but you will need to be free of distractions, pay close attention and keep the remote handy for pausing and backing up in case you get confused. My husband and I both felt it could’ve been wrapped up better, but overall, it was a good movie.