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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Departed

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to a screening of Martin Scorsese's new film "The Departed". For those of you not in the know, this is probably going to be Scorcese's biggest movie of the decade, it stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Marc Whalberg, Martin Sheen and many, many others. I had heard that the film was a suspenseful crime drama about the Boston police and the Irish mafia and although this description sounds fairly cliche, the film does not play out as stock as this. In fact it really is the best movie he's done since Casino (This says a lot because both Bringing out the Dead and the Aviator are very good flicks). The Departed, a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong classic Wu jian dao, follows two men from opposite sides of the law, one trying to infiltrate the Irish mafia (Leonardo Dicaprio), the other trying to infiltrate the Boston police (Matt damon). The story follows them as they try to find out who the other one is, traveling down the same hallways and seeing the same faces, both living in completely different worlds. The cast of supporting characters is terrific, led by Jack Nicholson as the head of the Irish mafia and Alec baldwin, the head of the Boston PD (They will get nods for best supporting actor). Towards the end of the screening I looked to my right and saw Scorsese sitting a few seats to my left. He looked content and he actually smiled at one of the jokes. For some reason this made me happy. I have no doubt that this will be lauded as one of 2006's best and will for sure be one of the leading oscar nominated movies. check this one out.


Blogger Arnzilla said...

How ya doin'? I wondered other than the tracks heard in the trailer, do you remember the names of any other songs used in the film? is there anything about Howard Shore's score that you recall?

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