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Year
2006
Runtime
151 min.
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
8.5
Votes *
561,760
Checks
89,864
Favs
8,317
Dislikes
436
Favs/checks
9.3% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
19:1
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  1. toopsy's avatar

    toopsy

    i don't care about the comparisons you fools make to the original.
    this is simply one hell of a movie
    7 years 3 months ago
  2. Joker of Gotham's avatar

    Joker of Gotham

    The quality of the actors involved in the film as the main characters is amazing, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg did a great job, this movie reminds me of the movie Reservoir Dogs, loved this movie, it was awesome, even though I was waiting for a different ending
    5/5
    10 years 2 months ago
  3. baraka92's avatar

    baraka92

    Scorsese called this film “moral ground zero”. It was so draining for him that in order to get away from the whole experience, went to hang out with The Rolling Stones (as one does) and made Shine a Light.

    This is a very dark story that deals with identity and morality with some drops of existentialism. His Catholic background is at full force here. Boston was at the epicenter of the sex abuse scandal just a couple of years before the film “In this archdiocese, God don’t run the bingo” Costello says to the priests. It’s the perfect scenario for this story, which describes a world without direction.

    “Who’s good? Who’s bad? Who can I trust?” As the story advances, it all becomes very draining. Costigan who wanted to escape his family reputation and be good, is forced to go to even lower depths for the sake of battling evil. Just because you’re on the “good side” doesn’t mean the road to Heaven will be any easier. His first session with Madolyn is all about this. He’s suffering and even begs Queenan to do something about Costello immediately. He’s looking at the world from a moral point of view and he can barely stand it. Meanwhile, despite coming from the criminal underworld, Sullivan lives in a fancy apartment and just waits to leak any information Costello could need to continue with his operations; which ends up bringing chaos to the station. He’s a two faced son of a bitch who (sometimes literally) operates in the shadows. He doesn’t even allow other people to be themselves around him. Look how he reacts when Madolyn brings a photo of herself to his apartment; and then compare it to how Costigan appreciates the same image in another scene.

    But nobody understands this whole situation better than Costello. The thing about evil is not that is opposed to “good” out of principle; it just looks for its own interests. “I don’t want to be a product of my environment; I want my environment to be a product of me”, he says at the very beginning. spoiler

    spoiler and that leaves the audience with a heavy feeling, but I believe there are a few glimmers of hope. First: Queenan. When he offers Costigan food at his home is such a little but tender moment that’s unlike anything else in the film. spoiler On a sidenote, I love how Marty, shows a few seconds of John Ford's The Informer; another very Catholic film.

    I think Infernal Affairs is a fine film but regardless of which one do you prefer, they have a lot of differences between them (the themes, the locations, and the visual style) so they can coexist. As it is, I consider The Departed one of the best remakes ever.
    4 months 1 week ago
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