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The Departed - Reviews

How was Dignam supposed to figure it out? The only way Costigan was able to realize it was because of the "citizens" envelope.

I'm assuming Costigan gave something from what Costello's lawyer gave him or some sort of written explanation from Costigan.
 
I just saw it last night and I must say that I agree with everyone else on how great this movie is. The acting was superb and the movie was tense as hell with loads of twists. [BLACKOUT]I was especially surprised when it turned out that Costello had another rat in the police departement[/BLACKOUT]. The only complaint I have is that [BLACKOUT]they killed off every leading character at the end[/BLACKOUT]. I was kinda hoping one would make it out alive. Still a 10/10.

Dirk Diggler made it out alive. He shoulda whipped out his penis after he capped Damon and said "I am a star. I'm a star, I'm a star, I'm a star. I am a big bright shining star. Yeah, that's right. ".
 
I saw the movie a few days ago, it was fantastic. The dialouge was great and the preformances were very good to great. The sorta far fetched love triangle was ridiculously awful and took the movie down a few pegs though.

Rating 9 out of 10.
 
Shame the Academy is giving Nicholson no recognition.
 
IMO, he didn't deserve a nomination. His Costello came off as the usual over-the-top "Jack Being Jack".

i have to agree with this, Whalberg (sp), Leo and Damon were all better than him IMO
 
I have to agree, although it was just fun watching him.

Oh, certainly. He was a hoot and he definitely brought a lot of electricty in every scene. It's just I didn't think it was too much of a reach for him. DiCaprio, on the other hand...:wow: Major snub.
 
IMO, he didn't deserve a nomination. His Costello came off as the usual over-the-top "Jack Being Jack".

I think he did, but if there was any justice, the entire main cast should be nominated. Persoanlly, I think Baldwin and Sheen were brilliant in their roles, and their work in the film should've been acknowledged in some way.

And DiCaprio not being nominated is a joke to the highest degree.
 
I think as good as Leo was in the Departed he was even better in The Blood Diamond,anchoring that entire movie where as in The Departed Matt Damon was every bit his equal IMO

I thought the scene in the bar/restaurant with Leo and Jack where Costello was questioning Billy over the mole was the best mano e mano scene since Deniro and Pacino in the cafe in Heat.
 
where as in The Departed Matt Damon was every bit his equal IMO

Meh. Damon brought his A game, for sure, but just in the scene between Costigan/Dignam/Queenan near the bridge, Leo was simply on another planet in this film.

"You want him to chop me up and feed me to the poor?! Is that what you want?!"

*chills*

Sullivan didn't have nearly the lows of Costigan in the film, and Leo played those lows to perfection.
 
Meh. Damon brought his A game, for sure, but just in the scene between Costigan/Dignam/Queenan near the bridge, Leo was simply on another planet in this film.

"You want him to chop me up and feed me to the poor?! Is that what you want?!"

*chills*

Sullivan didn't have nearly the lows of Costigan in the film, and Leo played those lows to perfection.

To me Damon's role was harder,playing tortured is an actors dream but Damon had to be both charming,likeable and ruthless without taking the audience out of the movie.

Ive never seen Damon bring such charisma as he did in The Departed,at times you wanted to like him but he would counter that when the real snake came out in him as things spiralled out of control and he played the parts where Costello talked down to him (a man used to being top dog)and he had to shrink into his shell and suck up were played masterfully
 
I think as good as Leo was in the Departed he was even better in The Blood Diamond,anchoring that entire movie where as in The Departed Matt Damon was every bit his equal IMO

I thought the scene in the bar/restaurant with Leo and Jack where Costello was questioning Billy over the mole was the best mano e mano scene since Deniro and Pacino in the cafe in Heat.
I need to see Blood Diamond. Is it out on DVD yet?

That scene is probably my favorite from the movie. Really stood out to me.
 
I need to see Blood Diamond. Is it out on DVD yet?

That scene is probably my favorite from the movie. Really stood out to me.
March 19! I've only seen the 2nd half of the movie but it is definetly a must buy!
 
Was that Jack's real "dog" in the theater scene? It looked kinda dark.
 
To me Damon's role was harder,playing tortured is an actors dream but Damon had to be both charming,likeable and ruthless without taking the audience out of the movie.

Ive never seen Damon bring such charisma as he did in The Departed,at times you wanted to like him but he would counter that when the real snake came out in him as things spiralled out of control and he played the parts where Costello talked down to him (a man used to being top dog)and he had to shrink into his shell and suck up were played masterfully

For me, though, I could never find Sullivan remotely likeable. No matter what he did. As soon as I realized who he was as a character, and who he was working for, nothing he could say or do would help cloud the fact that this guy was a straight up bastard commiting about as devious a crime as one can possibly commit. Sure he gave off charisma, but for the most part it was merely a bull*****er in a near constant state of bull****.

And you say he was tortured, but I really didn't see that expressed all that clearly.

I thought Damon played the role well enough, but realize this: DiCaprio's Costigan character was deep in the pits of hell and literally fearing for his life at every turn (exemplified in the scene with Dignam and Queenan at the bridge and in his first encounter with Madeline at the office). This is a guy whose life was completely non-existant; his whole identity was a portrayal. A guy who at times had to appear cool, though in reality he was completely trepidatious. One of the few instances where we see an undercover cop who really is on the verge of losing it.

And DiCaprio, quite simply, knocked it out of the park. His journey is what emotionally carries the audience through the film, and you're completely sold into it the whole way through, thus making his shockingly sudden death incredibly tragic.

Again, I'm not knocking Damon's performance. It was great. But, in my honest opinion, Leo's character and his portrayal of the character were significantly more resonant, and in short, stronger.
 
For me, though, I could never find Sullivan remotely likeable. No matter what he did. As soon as I realized who he was as a character, and who he was working for, nothing he could say or do would help cloud the fact that this guy was a straight up bastard commiting about as devious a crime as one can possibly commit. Sure he gave off charisma, but for the most part it was merely a bull*****er in a near constant state of bull****.

I found myself liking him especially in the scenes early on when he was chatting up Madolyne plus he was worked into where he was by Costello getting to him as a boy,i found his journey and attempt to actually become a cop and wipe out his past in a bid to salvage the life he had made thoroughly riveting as much as Leo's arc of trying to hold onto his sanity and identity

And you say he was tortured, but I really didn't see that expressed all that clearly.

I was referring to Costigan when i mentioned tortured

I thought Damon played the role well enough, but realize this: DiCaprio's Costigan character was deep in the pits of hell and literally fearing for his life at every turn (exemplified in the scene with Dignam and Queenan at the bridge and in his first encounter with Madeline at the office). This is a guy whose life was completely non-existant; his whole identity was a portrayal. A guy who at times had to appear cool, though in reality he was completely trepidatious. One of the few instances where we see an undercover cop who really is on the verge of losing it.

Yes there was a lot of meat for DiCaprio to get his teeth into,he had some scenes that gave him a chance to flex more than Damon did and i'm in no way saying he didn't deliver as good a performance as Damon with his trapped and frightened undercover cop

And DiCaprio, quite simply, knocked it out of the park. His journey is what emotionally carries the audience through the film, and you're completely sold into it the whole way through, thus making his shockingly sudden death incredibly tragic.

Agreed that he is the audiences entry point and his death took me off guard despite beign the same as Tony Leungs in the original

Again, I'm not knocking Damon's performance. It was great. But, in my honest opinion, Leo's character and his portrayal of the character were significantly more resonant, and in short, stronger.

His character had the more meat i agree.
Damon's character was fighting to hold on to what he had where as Leo was fighting to get back what he had lost,that is why i say both performances were equal and drove the story from juxtaposing positions of equal importance
 
I found myself liking him especially in the scenes early on when he was chatting up Madolyne

Meh. He definitely had a charisma there that can certainly be seen as appealing, but I just couldn't stand the guy from the get go, so... *shrug*

plus he was worked into where he was by Costello getting to him as a boy,

I would say I have some sympathy for him in that regard, but I'd be lying. ;)

I was referring to Costigan when i mentioned tortured

My bad.

i found his journey and attempt to actually become a cop and wipe out his past in a bid to salvage the life he had made thoroughly riveting as much as Leo's arc of trying to hold onto his sanity and identity

I'm a sucker for the guy who has to overcome the most. And for me that was Costigan. Therefore, I found his character journey far more riveting.
 
I completely agree Hunter, Damon at times was likeable but for the most part he was a snake. How do you guys think Brad Pitt would have done in Damon's role?
 
How do you guys think Brad Pitt would have done in Damon's role?

I don't know. That's one of those instances where a guy nails a role and you can't really see anyone else in it.
 
nice arguments guys...

i love this movie

and love mark whalberg and alec baldwins character too..



ALL AROUNd GOOD CAST AND GOOD ACTING...


almost FLAWLESS movie:word:
 
You guys think this was Scorsese's best movie?

I, personally, liked it a bit better than Goodfellas.
I need to watch both again, though.

I've never got a chance to see Raging Bull.
I've seen Taxi Driver a long time ago, but I can't remember it much.
I loved The Aviator, but never gave Gangs of New York a good chance to watch.

In short, I can't say. :oldrazz:
 

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