Martin Scorsese is back with his first fiction movie since The Aviator. The Departed is a Hollywoodized version of the 2004 Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs.
Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy’s identities.
This is actually a great movie. It is based on an excellent movie, the cast is impressive – Jack Nicholson gets two thumbs up, I’m not actually sure if he is really acting or just being himself – and Martin Scorsese certainly knows how to grab your attention immediately. The Departed is true to the original in many ways, and where it goes astray it does so in a way that doesn’t mess up everything.
Except for one thing. The ending is changed radically, and that’s what I mean with a “Hollywoodized” version. For a while I thought they would keep the original ending, but no. At least it explained why Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s character was in the movie.
The Departed is certainly worth a look and so is the original, Infernal Affairs. If you have to chose from one of them, don’t. See them both.