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The Departed

Title: The Departed
Directed by:
Martin Scorsese
Written by:
William Monahan, Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Year: 2006

The Departed is an intriguing story about two undercover agents, one working for the Irish Mafia inside the Massachusetts State Police, the other working for the selfsame department, trying to infiltrate the Irish Mafia. Both sides soon find out that they have moles in their ranks and dispatches the two main characters to find out who it is (thus being each other’s target, even though that’s not obvious for them). This basic premise is good enough for a thrilling plot and Martin Scorsese makes tho most out of it.

I have more reasons to like this movie than the plot and good directing, though. One theme, personal identity, is present throughout the film, raising questions like: if you are a mole working for a brutal criminal, can you stay unaffected or do you become what you initially only pretended to be? Both undercover agents are not only affected by what they do, but also by how other people view and treat them. All this makes the film a lot more complex and interesting.

All told, though, The Departed is not a masterpiece. It lacks an element of surprise, an ingenious plot or something else that could lift it above the three and a half snails I have decided to give it. This film is good mostly because it’s a good idea carried out in an adequate manner. Everybody does what they are supposed to do, but in the competitive world of film, that’s not enough.

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