Edge

The Departed

Martin Scorsese might be the greatest living filmmaker right now; his resume outshines the very best. His latest movie, The Departed, is a hailstorm of eye-opening performances, whiplash editing and the kind of fiery, passionate direction that yields a film virtually flawless. It is the best film of the year thus far.

Right from the get-go, we are rushed into the lives of Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). We watch as they pull their weight through the obstacles, eventually garnering separate positions as officers of the law; but, it becomes very clear very quickly that these men are not entirely who they appear to be. and nor is this movie.

The Departed is advertised as a “return to form” for Scorsese, his next Goodfellas or Mean Streets. However, The Departed is not Scorsese back-to-basics. Instead, it’s something better: a re-imaging of the crime-drama, awakened with healthy distractions that pop out like shooting stars.

The raw talent of the cast alone is enough to turn any movie into gold. DiCaprio, Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Winstone complete this star-studded cast. But, The Departed is not merely successful because of a singular aspect, but rather it is successful because it excels in all aspects.William Monahan’s loose adaptation of the popular Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs is spot-on, and quite frankly, without a single misstep. The performances are all Oscar worthy, particularly Nicholson’s and DiCaprio’s (who gives the best performance of his strong career).

Nicholson is a film’s dream. His Frank Costello is quick, witty, smart, flawed and above all, dangerous to everyone. including himself. No one has mastered the villain quite like Nicholson has with this role; he’s a disgusting piece of work.and a sight to behold. Nicholson proves a great actor is one of the greatest gifts of all.

That is not to say the gifts end there. A film hasn’t in recent memory been more showered by gifts, in fact, than The Departed, an often brash, violent film that is as tense as it is funny. Though as jolting as the film is for all of its duration, the last twenty minutes is the killer, leaving you drunk off intensity, almost to the point where you might have to go to the bathroom just to wash the sweat off your hands. This is an epic film; therefore, its statements are not small.

It goes without saying that this is a Martin Scorsese picture. Every signature mark is there-the crisp camera pans and tracks, the bellowing soundtrack, the hefty body count, the rich, gritty details of urban city lifestyle-it’s all punctuated to perfection, from one of the few men who can still make a movie feel truly important. It’s easy to say no one brings out the “big guns” like Scorsese does; there just isn’t another filmmaker like him.

To put it mildly, The Departed is best described as a rollercoaster, but without the ups and downs. It is constantly at top speed.and you never have a second to breathe.

CAST&CREDITS
Leonardo DiCaprio.Billy Costigan
Matt Damon.Colin Sullivan
Jack Nicholson.Frank Costello
Mark Walhberg.Dignam
Martin Sheen.Oliver Queenan
Ray Winstone.Mr. French
Vera Farmiga.Madolyn
Alec Baldwin.Ellerby
Anthony Anderson.Brown

Directed by Martin Scorcese
Running Time: 149 min.

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material.

October 6, 2006

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

Mark Richt said he’s spending the bye week evaluating everything about Miami’s offense, a process th ...

Mark Richt is sticking with the veteran. The Miami Hurricanes coach announced during the weekly Atla ...

Is there an apt comparison for this year’s American League Championship series between the Boston Re ...

If the University of Miami defense isn’t boiling with frustration by now, it must be simmering in an ...

Miami Hurricanes redshirt senior Gerald Willis was the lone UM football player chosen for the Associ ...

Through an innovative program, Miami Law students are empowering local high schoolers to think like ...

A grant from the German government will support a series of roundtable and networking sessions on U. ...

As BioNIUM’s new director, the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plans t ...

Fareed Zakaria, a CNN host, journalist and author, tells UM students that globalization and technolo ...

The program, in which UM students mentor high school students, aims to get first generation students ...

For the second straight year, all of the Miami women's basketball teams will be televised and f ...

The University of Miami soccer team heads to the Tar Heel state for a pair of road matches beginning ...

Get to Know U is a series that introduces the newest members of the Miami Hurricanes track and field ...

The Miami Hurricanes volleyball team improved to 10-5, 6-2 in the ACC, with a 3-0 sweep of Boston Co ...

The Miami women's tennis team closed the Bedford Cup with a perfect day, winning each match in ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.