Delorted's Movie Review of The Departed

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The Departed

Review - The Departed (2006)
Delorted - wrote on 11/04/07

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) are both undercover for opposite sides of the law. While Costigan is working undercover to catch the notorious mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), Sullivan is working undercover as a cop for Frank. As things heat up, both sides look for a leak in the Best Picture winning film, "The Departed."

After the pathetic win of Crash in 2006, one would have hoped the next winner would have been something worthy. Unfortunately, we got this piece of over-rated garbage. The film is based on a Japanese flick called "Infernal Affairs," which I have not seen as of this review. I can only assume the original was not as goofy and poorly put together as this was.

I have seen the film three times since its release and not once been able to understand why it won Best Editing, as I believe this is the worst aspect of the film. Music cuts out awkwardly, scenes jump whenever they seem to feel like it, and sound effects don't always work logically.

I will say that the writing was not too bad. The film has a good story, though it can be hard at times to follow. The only part that bothered me was the ending. I won't say anything about it except that it totally ruined the film for me.

There is one redeeming quality: Acting. While it's not the best job for any of the actors involved, they definitely play their parts well. I wasn't particularly convinced by Nicholson's accent, but other than that he gave his average performance. Damon, DiCaprio, Walberg and the rest all did just as well as they normally do. There wasn't anything spectacular as far as acting goes, but it was by far the best thing about the movie.

"The Departed" is not the least deserving of Best Picture winners, but it is certainly not the most deserving. I will say that, if anything, the film is watchable, but I can't say you'll enjoy it.

Acting: 7/10
Writing: 6/10
Video/Editing: 4/10
Audio/Music: 3/10
Entertainment: 6/10

Final Score: 5.2/10

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