Friday, March 25, 2011

2006 - The Departed

Here we are, once again, with a Netflix summary:

"To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in Martin Scorsese's multiple Oscar-winning crime thriller.  While an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) curries favor with mob kingpin (Jack Nicholson), a career criminal (Matt Damon) rise through the police ranks.  But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them."

Matt Damon - Love.  Jack Nicholson - Love.  Mark Wahlberg - LOVE.   Leonardo DiCaprio - sorta Love.  This movie - eh.

At 2 1/2 hours, it was long.  Very long.  In fact, halfway through I went on to see if there were any new single men in my area, and when I went back to the film, I didn't feel like I'd missed much.

A lot of people got shot in the head, so there was a substantial amount of blood spatter.  There was a lot of cussing and a lot of vibrating cell phones shimmying across tables dramatically.

I thought it was a good film, but not a great film.  I'm surprised it won the Oscar; I guess someone thought it was Scorsese's turn.  It had a plot, it had action, but I didn't really care one way or the other how it ended up.  You pretty much guess everyone dies in the end, and they do.  I like a little more surprise for my Oscar buck.

See it if you want to, but don't blame me if you end up going online halfway through, like I did.

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