Gritty,graphic & extremely indulging is The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s masterful take on Boston. The basic theme is from Mou Gaan Dou, which in itself is a personal favourite. Even though the chinese film was well knit and bursting with suspense, there were many a loose end. Scorsese binds up all the loose ends and does develop the characters and their backdrops exceptionally well.
“I don’t want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me”, the opening lines of the movie as dictated by Jack Nicholson’s character. The story about two men on opposing sides of the law and with contradicting loyalties drive the movie forward. Mark Wahlberg’s character is indeed one to watch out for, constant mouthing of profanities and the occasional warmth in his voice is not to be missed. The person who stole the thunder throughout the entire run of the movie was Jack Nicholson, Frank Costello is a monster of a character ( as a de niro fan i can’t help adding here…how would de niro have done this role ??…sigh !!!).
I hate to add that watching Mou Gaan Dou before this movie was indeed a handicap for it took the suspense part away, it was as if i could almost see the chinese film in parallel, but the acting and the dialogues are top notch and the chinese movie will not match up to it.