Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young cop looking to make a name for himself in the world of law enforcement. Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is a street-smart criminal who has successfully infiltrated the police department with the sole intention of reporting their every move to ruthless syndicate head Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is assigned the task of working his way into Costello's tightly guarded inner circle, Sullivan is faced with the responsibility of rooting out the informer before things get out of hand. With the stakes constantly rising and time quickly running out for the undercover cop and his criminal counterpart, each man must work feverishly to reveal his counterpart before his identity is exposed by the other. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone co-star, and writer William Monahan adapts a screenplay originally penned by Alan Mak and Felix Chong.~Jason Buchanan
Languages & subtitles: English, Français (Dubbed in Quebec) & Español (Feature film only)
I don't know exactly what it is that makes me like this movie. The direction was impeccable, the acting was robust and precise. But I guess, more than most movies I just like the feeling. A melancholic despair and struggle to stay alive. Like most of the main characters, I find it hard to really know who I am and what side I am on. Living in a grey area is hard and wearing masks and changing them frequently to keep everyone fooled makes your bones feel old. The constant feeling that its all going to come crashing down on your head and any minute your going to get that call, or that knock on the door when they have come to tell you that got you figured out and its all over. That feeling that no matter how hard you try, you are living in someone else's story and your fate is as easily changed by the whims of more powerful and sometimes more monstrous people. This movie, about people with multiple lives and roles to play, played by people who are themselves actors is a meta-lesson that reminds us that the Bard said it best "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits..." And as Francis reminds us in the film "Act accordingly."
I ordered this DVD. Price was right! I ordered a second DVD at the same time and I believe that I was charged a certain price for shipping on EACH. That's fine...must be a flat rate as they arrived in the same package. :)
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Don't depart from this Blu-ray
While not as tight in storytelling as Goodfellas and Casino, this is still a worthy entry into the world of mobsters. Great audio and video although I wish there were more extras about the filmmaking process. Highly recommended!
Directed by Martin Scorsese, the story of The Departed was adapted from Infernal Affairs, the original Hong Kong crime thriller film that gained overwhelmingly acclaims in Asia when first released in 2002. The film is considered to be Scorsese's masterpiece crime classic since the production of GoodFellas. This steelbook version has very unique art design compares to the regular dvd and bluray release, with a gun that has the profile of the city on top. The only thing that's missing is the inside arts of the steelbook, but nevertheless that brings the opportunity to customize it. I purchased this steelbook for $9.99 when it was on sale even I already have the regular versions, don't hesitate to get this if anyone likes the film because this would make a good collectible item on the shelf.