“ The story is compelling, the acting is superb.
“ First of, the editing in this movie is snappy and makes this 2,5 hour movie interesting at all times.
“ Compelling from beginning to end .
“ The movie is full of pointless subplots (such as the love triangle between Madolyn, Billy and Colin) and re-imagined scenes which can't hold a candle to the originals.
“ great film- very watchable- very intriguing.
“This is by far the worst movie from Scorsese ever.
“The going in premise is an intriguing look into intertwined cultures from the perspective of cultural moles.
“ So if your looking for an entertaining movie then go out to the movie store nearest and rent this classic today!
“ For those like me who are less convinced of his genius, it is still an entertaining gangster movie.
“ His character is satisfyingly complex, and DiCaprio breathes utterly gripping life into all of his scenes.
“ By the last few minutes, as blowing a person's brains on the wall is becoming more of a cliché than you would ever think possible, I found myself hoping that some deus ex machina would descend from the sky and just kill everyone so it would just be f**king over already.
“A fantastic cast in a brilliant instant CLASSIC, gritty,brutal,intense Cop Thriller.
“ Don't get me wrong, this movie is good, entertaining and the actors play well.
“I found the central part of the movie the most enjoyable and coherent.
“ The story is pretty clear cut but at times hard to follow, which isn't a drawback per se.
“ Martin Scorcese has directed some fine movies, but his remake of 'Cape Fear' was amongst his weakest, a near-identical (and thus pointless) remake of the original.
“ & honestly i found this to be so pointless.
“ The film is perfectly set up with intense, suspense scenes while adding in amounts humor at times.
“ Flunking out of the Corleone School of Business, it appears that Frank controls every aspect of his universe with an iron fist and a silver tongue, until his own flaws come to the forefront in a denouement scene that could be seen as uncharacteristically cliché, if it weren't so masterfully acted out in front of us.
“ Was it really that slow a year in Hollywood?
“ A real good suspenseful soundtrack would improve it at no end.
“ The suspense reaches its height during two excellent scenes; first, an intense alley chase, and second, an equally intense phone call between the two infiltrators.
“ Even Scorsese is bored with depicting violence; he does it because it's expected of him, not because he really gives a damn anymore.
“ At its worst, the film is a train wreck wherein all actors of quality intentionally subvert the director and the film with farcical performances that, though a delight to watch, must have been inspired by the sheer boredom of working with a lead actor embarrassingly limited in ability, DiCaprio, and a director too far gone to realize that his film was only his at its worst moments.
“ It's dreary, it's ham-acted, the dialogue is forced, it's half an hour too long, and its ending is one of the silliest I've ever seen in a film that expects itself to be taken seriously.
“ It's dark, violent, suspenseful, and even mind bending at times trying to figure out who is corrupt and who isn't.
“ The story was solid, actors nailed their parts and the development was entertaining.
“ The result is some tremendously smart and snappy dialogue interplays mixed with scenes which give the actors room to breathe and add their own style.
“ "The departed", a Martin Scorsese movie that has been awarded with 4 Oscars, among others, is a highly entertaining movie with excellent acting, especially by Leonardo Di Caprio, in my opinion.
“ The film, while long, manages to keeps you on the edge of your seat as DiCaprio and Damon attempt to expose each other.
“ Fantastic movie keeps you on the edge of your seat .
“ Important parts are strangely removed while unnecessary long, boring and ridiculous scenes are added.
“ The continuing deception on all sides can make the sturdiest brain ache, making it a film well worth watching a couple more times to understand it better.
“ The film is overly long, many scenes are rather pointless.
“ Drawn out mob movie with a few twists .
“ Good story but very hard to follow .
“ Now i'm confusing myself,i suppose the purpose of this web site is too recommend a movie and avoid anyone watching the dross they produce nowadays ,so that in itself ,i will conclude that The Departed is a very well recommended movie which we enjoyed immensely.........
“ Confusing as Matt & Leonardo together are too similar .
“ The plot and acting in the original film are both brilliant and unpredictable.
“ Way too trite and poorly acted.
“ The finale, while intense to say the least, didn't fill all the holes created throughout the film, and is sure to leave many questions with viewers.
“ The most exciting scene for me was when Matt Damon found out that Leonardo DiCaprio was the one who was bringing down the mob and when Leo found out that Matt was the mole.
“This is one of the most entertaining and suspenseful crime/drama's I have seen in a while.
“ Colin and Billy give stunning performances in this film and left me hoping for a sequel.
“ These guys look too much alike in the opening sequences - waaay to confusing.
“ The Departed is fast paced and easy to become immersed in, well written and directed the cast of Hollywood heavy weights carrying the film makes this film a must watch on multiple genres of film.
“ The interactions are snappy and believable with a few really memorable volleys between Wahlberg and Baldwin.
“ Stunning gangster film .
“ This film came out 2 years ago, so sharing my thoughts on such a popular yet relatively old release is purely an exercise in boredom.
“ In The Departed every actor plays to his strengths and it's a film that's worth watching just for the performances.
“ Entertaining Remake and Impassioned Acting .
“ Did I mention that it's formulaic and way too long?
“ What a boring piece of ...
“ It's also noted that both men, despite being different from each other, constantly competing in a similar manner is so clear and strong that it makes for some really intense moments.
“ I must say that I felt that the original movie was thoroughly engaging with (for me) regular-looking actors and the 2006 remake seemed a bit of a tour de force for several highly paid actors to "earn their chops" (i.
“ Worst movie I've seen in a long time .
“ It's got an amazing cast, a fantastic director, a great location, and most importantly a gripping story.
“ Prior to viewing The Departed, my only previous experience with Martin Scorsese was The Wolf of Wall Street, and whilst the Departed fails to supersede The Wolf as Scorsese's masterpiece, it remains a nuanced and deeply compelling crime thriller.
“ It was another of those boring attempts by some pseudo-intellects to present who knows what.
“ The lines are blurred so much that the film is unbelievably hard to follow, and the plot certainly has holes.
“ On the contrary, it added fakeness, bore and nervousness !
“ From the start to end, the film is entertaining enough to keep on going.
“Leonardo DiCaprio plays his character brilliantly; he is compelling and warm and from the moment we meet him it's impossible not to root for him.
“ Most of The Departed is engaging and taut, with undercover characters always teetering on the edge of having their true identities discovered by either the cops or the crooks, and those parts of the film make for good cinema.
“" What we have is a re-cycling of Scorsese's aptitudes, in function of a tiresome and mean story for the macho man who ask his macho woman for a beer while he watches a football game (or this movie.
“****This movie was like a fine dinner, real enjoyable, parts of it delicious and just long enough.
“The Departed is a mind blowing thriller based on the 2004 Hong Kong movie "Wu Jian Dao".
“ A very suspenseful, highly entertaining piece of work.
“ It's an absolutely stunning movie.
“ With a runtime of 2 and a half hours the movie is unable to match the brisk pacing of, say, Casino or Goodfellas and instead comes across as a dozen or so clumsily put together scenes in which characters talk tedious topics to each other, with the odd frame of unadulterated violence garnished in.
“ The entire cast is enjoyable to watch even though it gets pretty shallow in the end, just like the original.
“ Brilliant, Gripping Crime Drama .
“ In The Departed, Martin Scorsese makes his return to the mob underworld, and he does it with a thrilling intensity that overshadows his previous films.
“ Given the sheer mass of acting talent in this movie I think Scorsese has completely out done himself to create something thats for the most part boring.
“ great plot and long movie but very very entertaining.
“ Scorsese gives brilliant direction that enables the powerful drama and thrilling action.
“ Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farminga all seize their screen time and run with it, creating thoroughly individual, compelling and entertaining characters.
“ In the end you might realize that you have just seen an empty and bad cop thriller.
“ Jack Nicholson's performance is one of the best of his career; his sinister portrayal of Frank Costello is certainly worth watching.
“ It had suspense, characters (that I care about and ones I hate), unpredictable, twists and a great ending.
“ Great opening, slow middle and a poor ending .
“ Sure, the remake has to adopt to a different background and fit the time and space, but the unexpected twists and turns in the original film felt forced and made up in this remake.
“ This could seem confusing to some who don't follow it closely because of the two different characters it follows almost an equal amount of time.
“ Midway through I was thinking the plot was a pretty predictable ordeal, only hoping for something out of the ordinary
true to Damon and Dicaprio to happen and blow me away.
“ The movie is exciting, tense and spectacular regardless of that it hasn't a lot of action in it.
“ Jack Nicholson as Frank displays unrecognizable restraint in a compelling performance.
“ But the end was so different from what I thought it would be, so Kudos for the unexpected.
“) Anyway, the entertaining main story line twists around and around like a caduceus to the point of seeming overly contrived, especially as regards the psychologist character who winds up getting involved with both of the lead characters, one of whom is a patient - a professional no-no, and highly unlikely anyway even if he is Leo Dicaprio.
“All in all, a superb and riveting movie.
“ Thrilling Ride .
“ Unfortunately this leads to a self indulgent two and a half hour (felt like four hours) film and convoluted story telling The whole plot with the girl psychiatrist.
“ Johnny Depp is a fascinating explorer.
“ This was the most pretentious truckload of tripe I've sat through in a long time.
“ Rather than making the violence twistedly funny there are humorous moments within an intense and violent story.
“ waste of time.
“ But in the end you just ask yourself are you the wiser for watching the movie or did you just waste 150 minutes of your life?
“ because its rubbish, too violent when its not even needed, pointless swearing, and worse of all its stolen from a better original film!
“i went out with a group of my friends and we watched this film and it was absolutely breathtaking...
“ Among the fast-talking characters, the bloody violence, a plethora of quick- paced, fast-cutting montages, and other of Scorsese's other filmmaking quirks, this is easily the most grounded, most clever, and most engaging of these movies rarely replicated even today.
“ Writing seemed sloppy and contrived.
“ But this is a crazy ride, and one that remains gripping and surprising throughout, bolstered by a smart script and a hell of a cast.
“ But movie surprised me especially end is very unexpected.
“ I guess watching paint dry can be Oscar material .
“ Add to that a sound track that is one of the worst I have ever heard -- boring, mostly, except when a gun is fired or a body hits the ground.
“ All in all, The Departed was a riveting film, and one that does a great job portraying mob culture as well as the humanity and morality involved in pretending to be somebody you are not.
“ Story is flawless except for a banal ending.
“A brilliant and compelling film from start-to-finish.
“ I found myself wondering whether some scenes were meant to be thrilling or comedic.
“ Tedium and confusion set in at times.
“ As the story progresses, the pressure on the two becomes unbearable as they have to do things completely against their true nature ...
“) and the plot was entertaining.
“ The performance of the main actors is quite interesting, particularly Nicholson, who manages to make his character truly intimidating and unpredictable.
“It's thrilling, with so much suspense.
“ Striding through the film like an old pro, he naturally swipes the screen from under the other actors noses like a seasoned professional, and it is tremendously enjoyable to watch him apply great intelligence and unrivalled, bloody charm to his character.
“ I watched it with my girlfriend and best buddy, and both of them fell asleep about a third of the way through, leaving me to yell at the TV screen and point out all the obvious flaws to the rare New England air.
“ Unbelievably gripping and a perfect cast.
“ Legendary old school actor Martin Sheen is also excellent as Queenan, the detective working with undercover Billy & he has some incredibly intense & scary moments.
“ This REMAKE is enjoyable and i am glad Scorcese has finally his Oscar although he was far more deserving for his original work.
“Superbly done, intelligent, cleverly-crafted dialog and a genuinely simple story with underlying complexities makes The Departed an intense, intriguing thriller, coupled with a fantastic cast makes this a personal favorite and no doubt the feeling is mutual amongst many others.
“ Scorsese delivers a complicated yet intense movie, expanding the crime genre to a new level, apart from Costello's girlfriend Gwen (Kristen Dalton), you will be surprised by the lack of stereotypes apparent in The Departed.
“ The music was excellent and Tony Leung's performance was spellbinding, but the movie was hard to follow.
“ That's when the story becomes exciting.
“ Its dramatic scenes bring out intense sequels.
“ thrilling and indulging movie with a weak ending.
“OK, now go ahead and waste your time watching it.
“ There's several twists and unexpected moments that will affect you in various ways.
“ Academy Award nominee, Mark Wahlberg does a great job as the fast talking, always ready for anything, humorous cop that will make you think this is a comedy at certain points in the film instead of a thrilling drama.
“ Stunning 10/10.
“ Very gripping plot .
“ It's a tour de force with some great sequences and plenty of intrigue, and Scorsese is predictably adept at infusing the piece with lashings of slow burning tension.
“The film provides deep suspenseful elements and a fast paced, clever plot.
“ It's hilarious, suspenseful and at times, disturbing, just like any other crime movie.
“All in all I would recommend this movie as it is entertaining, there is good characterisation and yes it is well directed.
“ The film is filled with twist and turns also is suspenseful also it is intriguing its not your typical crime drama which makes it great also Amazing Performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson, Amazing Screenplay by William Monahon(Kingdom Of Heaven), Costume Designs By Sandy Powell(Shakespeare In Love) and Direction By Martin Scorsese(Goodfellas) Defenitley This Is His Best Work 9/10
“ The Departed is scatty and detached, it's an alienating and frustrating film book-ended by individual bits and pieces that resonate; but if there's a reason they do, it's because droll story-telling is being momentarily interrupted by a moment which just 'happens', not because the film itself is especially engaging.
“ I'm sorry to say that this movie was too f***ing over-rated(excuse my language) but this movie was really realllllllyyy bad & boring.
“ And yet, the romantic subplot is contrived.
“" It's worth watching on a Friday night with some friends and a large pizza (with extra cheese), just don't expect a masterpiece.
“ Viewers will be on the edge of their seat from the start of the movie all the way up through the end of the movie.
“ One of the Most Brilliant, Subtle and Compelling Thrillers of the Modern Era .
“ The integration of dated yet actual footage of the Boston race riots with the commanding, satisfied voice of Jack Nicholson's Costello creates one of the most engaging opening scenes in recent film history.
“ Leonardo DiCaprio is TRULY outstanding here as young undercover rookie Cop Billy Costigan, leo gives one of his greatest screen performances & nails the in over his head panic of his character, you really feel for Billy as he is put in some deadly situations & is constantly on the edge of thinking he could be found out any minute & get killed, it's a fantastic role & performance from leo.
“ Not to mention F bombs average every sentence and it's more than annoying, its unbearable.
“ An absorbing, cat and mouse tale of loyalty and betrayal, duty and devotion, crime and punishment, with terrific performances, crisp dialogue, and sure-handed direction, though the finale feels padded-out.
“The script is excellent, providing rich dialogue to move the gripping story along, and the cinematography is just wonderful.
“ This film is intense,entertaining, and will keep you on your feet, anything you'd want in a movie, right?
“ A brilliant, engrossing crime drama .
“ boring dialog, old stereotypes, dumb story .
“ I watched it twice, with numerous "Replay" and "Slow" the second time.
“ gripping story with a superb cast .
“ Director Martin Scorcese generates powerful and compelling performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson.
“ The only drawback to this movie is that I think there was a bit of boring dialog that didn't serve much of a point, but otherwise, entertaining film!
“THis movie is so exciting.
“ It is very tense, exciting, edge-of-your-seat stuff.
“Anthony Anderson: You know him, the black dude from Scary Movie, the boring one.
“ It's a must for fans of gangster movies and I totally recommend it to everyone who likes a thrilling plot and lots of action.
“Overall, I would definitely consider this one of the worst movies I have ever seen and would not recommend this movie even if you were bored out of your mind.
“ From the lingo on both sides, drenched in black humor and voiced by local accents of the area to the suspenseful uncertainty that develops throughout the film, the viewer feels as if they belong IN THE FILM.
“ Consider the female characters; their presence was a convenient plot device, using their sexy tight skirts as a foil for the whole male dominant cliché.
“ So many things in this film come off as trite.
“ Mark Wahlberg was very entertaining as Dignam, as was Alec Baldwin as capt Ellerby.
“ Just a rotten waste of time.
“ Am I the only one who started to yawn when people were getting pounded over a loud soundtrack in "Casino"?
“ Scorsese outdoes himself with 'The Departed' which is as stylish as 'Raging Bull' and as entertaining and engrossing as 'GoodFellas'.
“ The cinematography was boring as well, most of the shots seemed pretty simple and uninteresting.
“I enjoyed it.
“ We always are on the edge of our seats in every scene Nicholson appears in.
“ Too slow and boring .
“ What is fascinating is how both Costigan and Sullivan have to pretend to be exact opposites of who they are as they play their undercover roles.
“ Over-hyped, yet an intelligent and an entertaining movie.
“ He is simply gripping as Billy Costigan, and any time he is on screen, you are concerned for his well being, and empathetic towards the mental and physical price Billy is paying for his duplicity.
“ Here we had a highly talented cast and a great (based on fact) idea to work with yet it comes off as contrived, cheesy and unfulfilling.
“ Vulnerability of all the characters makes the movie more entertaining as well as touchy.
“ His emotions leading up to the attacks are rather intriguing, Wahlberg doesn't overact at all instead he responds to the situation how everyday people would.
“ Costigan's and Sullivan's own conflict, while intense and well acted, were not enough to give such a high review and award.
“ Excellent plot, breathtaking plot-twist, stellar staff.
“ It's fantastic, wickedly suspenseful, compelling storytelling that draws you in from its opening scenes, and its style indicates that somewhere within the folds of narrative, Sullivan and Costigan, opposites in every sense of the word (Sullivan has led a life of privilege under the aegis of Costello and is now the poster boy of success, rising fast within the police department; Costigan comes from a broken family and is trying to make amends with himself even when he will never become an official law enforcement entity -- he is "no man") will have to meet.
“ The feel in the beginning of the movie started off slow and it felt as if some of the scenes should have been deleted because it didn't tie into the real plot of the movie.
“) A passable no-brainer action film, and an entertaining exercise in loopy film-making from a director who should know better, praised by fans and critics who should also know better.
“ The symmetry and interdependence of the two adversaries makes for a very intriguing story and nail-biting situations.
“ Intense and Gripping Throughout .
“ Technically, the film is stylishly brilliant, with some pinpoint sharp editing and excellent cinematography highlighting some superbly suspenseful set-pieces.
“ This movie is too long, and it has too many twists which made it less intense than the original movie.
“ Bland, boring, a true flatliner.
“ Endless respect for Martin Scorsese - I love Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, After Hours, King of Comedy, GoodFellas, and Last Temptation of Christ - but The Departed was just plain muddled and somewhat pointless, not really deserving of inclusion in that list.
“ Technically compelling view of undercover law enforcement that no one will wish to depart to.
“ Despite such compelling material, Scorsese only skims the surface, opting for gloss instead of substance, adding confusing sub-plots that serve mainly to hook the audience.
“ This urbanly stylistic piece is a salute to the classic gangster movies of old, brutally entertaining as it is frustratingly perplexing, a true Scorsesean crime drama classic.
“ The cat-and-mouse chase between the spooks was FAR more compelling in Mou gaan dou, and the last scene in Departed proved that not even Scorcese can avoid the demands to give 'em a happy ending.
“ Because that has to be the most clever and least cliché metaphors I have ever seen (sarcasm fully implied) because they only said the word 'rat' about 100 times during the movie.
“ My only real criticism for the film would be that it focuses on Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio's characters too much, I understand that they are the main characters, but there were many other terrific characters that were left feeling underdeveloped, particularly Frank Costello and Dignam, they were both the most engrossing characters, mainly because of their outstanding portrayals from Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, and I would have loved to have seen more from them.
“ Cinematography: was amazing at points, but by the 100th "zoom-in-really-quick-on-a- character-when-they're-talking" I was bored of it.
“ Appalling waste of time and money.
“The best part of this movie is the intriguing story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie.
“ I can say that i saw very entertaining movie after a long time.
“ The Departed creates a cast with incredible chemistry and turns the real life story into a fun and engaging movie.
“ It can be confusing and less than engaging as its myriad of mobsters and cops parade in and out of frame with varying results of believability.
“Scorsese manages to develop intriguing and unpredictable history of movies.
“ I mean there ARE moles but this was just gratuitous violence and a pointless depicting,very wrongly made.
“ You get the year's most pretentious feat of idiocy The Departed.
“ and that was maybe why I found the Departed to be a bit of a bore...
“ Pointless, plot irrelevant and simply unnecessary.
“ ***SPOILERS*** Long-151 minutes-and confusing movie about police corruption as well as stupidity in the Boston Police Department that has two pretty boy cops William "Billy" Constigan, Leonardo DeCapiro, and Staff Sgt.
“I could of done without a lot of the ending scenes and the murders and all that but the dialogue, story and acting were all compelling.
“ The addition of Dignam, while entertaining, cause a problem for me as it was hard to believe that after Capt Queenan's death that Dignam would just leave the case without giving up who the mole was.
“ I liked everything about this film - the plot, the script, the acting etc. But then the last 15 minutes meant this film finished on such a depressing and dire note that simply left me feeling hollow, and made the film seem a little bit more than pointless.
“ The movie opens up laboriously slow trying to give you a background and history of the main characters, but what it fails to do is make you feel connected to the characters - it comes off slow and trite.
“The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect.
“ Nevertheless, is ultra-fascinating plot has to be seen to be appreciated.
“ This is the case with Martin Scorsese who finally won the Best Director Academy Award for this boring and sanitized re-telling of "Infernal Affairs", a 2002 Chinese violence film.
“ Enjoyable .
“ Entertaining Gangster Movie .
“ Don't waste your time or money on this F-ing flick.
“ This being said, I got kind of bored watching it.
“This seemed very contrived and it didn't convince me at all.
“ The film quickly becomes a thrilling cat and mouse game of wits between Costigan and Sullivan, to see which of the two will come out victorious.
“As the film proceeds at its surprisingly fast pace, the film gets more and more exciting and us, the viewers, get more immersed and fascinated in the story.
“I was so bored I started rearranging the groceries in my bag about ten minutes in.
“ Yet another grossly inflated piece of directorial and actors' self-indulgence .
“ And way, way too long...
“ I cannot emphasise enough how patchy this movie is - any scene thats enjoyable is followed by some amateurish gibberish that just makes you want to run up to Scorsese and hit him with a bread stick.
“ The setup in the beginning was really a bore.
“ My only complaints here are that the movie is too long--it has one climax too many and some lousy acting lessens it.
“ First half was slow and slippery.
“ Although the film feels somewhat restless at times and can't seem to keep still, it is undeniably entertaining.
“ The dialogue is amazingly realistic, the story is gripping, and the message of the film is very powerful.
“ For example -Matt Damon's Colin is one dimensional and uninteresting compared to the equivalent character that Andy Lau plays in IA.
“ The cast was fantastic, the direction was stunning and the script was top drawer quality.
“ I think this is worth watching more then one time.
“ While this is sometimes good like in godfathers, goodfellas, and blow, i think this movie sometimes drags along quite slow.
“ This was a compelling introduction to the characters that Mou gaan dou left out, and went very far to explaining their motivations.
“ The good guys were cliché good guys, and the bad guys were cliché bad guys.
“ And unlike the riveting Goodfellas, it took me three separate viewings to get through this.
“ The gripping, dark score does its part well in this as well.
“ It is unpredictable and at times will have you on the edge of your seat.
“ Over-directed (pointless virtuosic touches that add nothing to what's happening on screen with the plot or characters), over-scored (save me from the freakin' metal Irish jig and the Stones, both heard twice in this thing), over-edited (the movie is awkward: scenes flow neither internally or into each other) and over-acted by Jack Nicholson (so far beyond the point of self-parody that it ceases to be funny), this horrid, horrid film is filled with two dimensional characters (except for Madolyn, the worst psychiatrist who never lived, who lacks even a second dimension) and more profanity and violence than you can shake a stick at.
“ Don't get me wrong I thought it was a good, solid movie but it all just felt a bit pointless.
“ But what I enjoy about Departed is the fact that since most famous gangster movies, Godfather & Goodfellas, take place in the past but Scorsese makes the up to date gangster flick very enjoyable.
“What made this movie so enjoyable?
“ Martin Scorsese has finally won his Oscar for the brilliant, intense and powerfully, courageously acted film, "The Departed".
“ In fact, I have been watching Hong Kong cinema for about 10 years because I'd gotten so bored with the shallowness of American film plots.
“ They are all oh so boringly themselves.
“ ENTERTAINING THROUGHOUT .
“ Alec Baldwin, Martin, Sheen, Ray Winstone, and Anthony Anderson also register in strong supporting roles, but it is primarily the compelling story, masterful direction by Scorcese and the three electrifying lead performances that make this film an instant classic not to be missed.
“And Mob Chief Frank Costello executes two people on the edge of major airport runway in broad daylight where everyone on airplanes landing or taking off can see him.
“ You are on the edge of your seat the entire time.
“ Brilliant screen writing together with intense direction and acting clubbed with tight editing makes it top class.
“The best performance in the film belongs to Jack Nicholson, who plays an intense crime boss with a dirty mouth, eyes like a hawk, and power like that of no other man.
“ The "confusion" over the address where Di Caprio and sheen "renedevous clandestinely"(144 being quoted over a phone as 114)IS DELIBERATE...
“ Add to that a twist in the tale and you have a absolutely compelling drama.
“ This Scorcese piece is an astounding cinematic effort that not only transcends the gangster genre, but marks a powerfully stunning masterpiece that is more than likely to stand the test of time in many years to come.
“ And to destroy it with a completely unpredictable and unrelated character, for no apparent reason other than proving the point that everyone is a rat and the world is going to hell, is weak.
“ the story is quite weak IMO ,( as soon as I saw the envelope with ' citizen ' written on it , I knew this would play a key role in the discovery '-I call that predictable)Nicholsons character well OK , very soon you def.
“ Entertaining and well-acted...
“ So, the over layering of main characters allows Scorcese to make more complex his previously quite simple (and many times uninteresting) game of Goodfellas or Casino.
“The double agent setup plays out fantastically well and kept me entertained and curious throughout, and even when it is slightly predictable, it's just done so well that I didn't even mind.
“In his worst movies, Scorsese is interesting.
“ That has been by far the most exciting experience I've had when watching the Academy Awards.
“ A star-studded cast, worthy direction, and 'exciting' screenplay back up as proof.
“ Martin Scorsese has made an extremely intense and well made film since his Goodfellas epic and Casino.
“ However, I found it really hard to follow the plot some times and this is a serious disadvantage of the movie.
“ It is intense, gripping and full of top-notch performance from a roll-call of Hollywood's finest past and present.
“ Despite its many characters and plot avenues, it's so very well written that it is always compelling and involving.
“Each scene is as entertaining, thorough, and well-written as the next, and you can tell Scorsese really pushed himself here to really engage the viewer.
“ Good performances, but the plot is unnecessarily confusing, and Nicholson looks like he is just going through the motions.
“ A gritty, fast paced and highly impressive cops versus robbers fable that is reminiscent of his old classics and makes for a riveting cinema experience.
“ My own time spent living in working-class neighborhoods of the old parts of NYC and Chicago shows this film has taking a boring scenario and spiced it up by showing the seamy background.
“ If you watch the film, don't expect much of an aesthetic not intellectual rush, only some mildly entertaining moments, crafted really well.
“ From here it's an all out suspenseful thrill ride.
“Then along came "The Departed", perhaps the most riveting cop thriller I've ever seen.
“The Departed is a brilliant and thrilling Crime Drama Thriller that saw Martin Scorsese return to the genre Scorsese is best known for the Gangster film after two great period dramas Gangs Of New York(2002)and The Aviator(2004).
“ However, I never did find the movie that compelling, the film does move in a somewhat mannered manner and there are parts that are either rushed, underdeveloped or even predictable- the sex scene was laughable.
“ No invention, no risk taking, 100% formulaic story, storytelling and movie-making.
“ All he did was obliterate a well-written and intelligent script by inserting a series of incompetent scenes with lots of explicit violence, sex talk, and 40 minutes of dead weight in the form of pointless, boring moments.
“I thought this movie was difficult to follow, and it moved way too fast.
“ The story is basically totally unbelievable and would work much better with a camper approach - John Woo achieved this with "Face/Off", a much more entertaining film, mostly due to inspired casting of Travolta and Cage, two actors who can make the best of ridiculousness.
“ Still, the movie's enjoyable from the beginning till the end, just to say that as I don't want to sound too harsh.
“ His witty but dark comedy also makes the movie a lot more enjoyable.
“ His performance is unbelievably thrilling to watch, and cements his character as one of my favourite movie characters ever.
“Here is a breakdown of the other "characters" in The Departed: Matt & Leo - Generic pretty boys, with no character development at all, and bland generic dialogue throughout the whole movie.
“ The setup in the beginning was really a bore.
“ It goes for the standard Hamlet ending, but in an unexpected way and the final shot of the rat is an amusing metaphor.
“ This movie is very intense throughout, with some twists and turns, that keeps you at the edge of the seat.
“ "The Departed" isn't particularly shrewd, and it is not Scorsese's best work, but the linear structure of the complicated plot is nearly free of static and has many gripping scenes.
“ A riveting gem.
“In any event, I still thought The Departed was a very entertaining film, and it certainly holds the viewers' attention for its full two and a half hours.
“The overall premise is clever, the action is gripping, production values solid all around.
“ This cat & mouse thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as one mole in the mob circles another mole in the police, and Scorsese and scenarist William Monahan patiently construct this elaborate complex thriller without wearing out their welcome.
“ Martin Scorsese hits it out of the park once again in one of his most impressive movies to date, it combines all the aspects of film that he is fantastic at directing, character development, action and strong dialogue based scenes, it all comes together to make an instant classic, he may have done gangster and mob films before, but this film stands out as very original and intriguing two and a half hours.
“ Damon seems more calm and collected, DiCaprio more edgy and intense and those emotions work perfectly for the two characters.
“ I think all the big name actors in this movie delivered highly-energetic, but completely boring performances.
“ Alec Baldwin does one of his most fitting roles ever, being surprisingly enjoyable and Martin Sheen is the legend who's the last touch for the movie.
“ Anyway the whole thing seemed overdone,forced & disjointed compared to the IA it's based on & nowhere near Goofellas etc..The only really convincing one in the whole thing was Ray Winstone,as usual,everyone else seemed either too forced & stereotypical or just pointlessly bickering.
“ Exciting and very good.
“ A promise is a promise so I sat through the entire movie even though I wanted to leave many times.
“ It has a great cast, and an intriguing story.
“ I was the last to leave -- eerily watching the images continue on the screen in front of an empty room.
“ Anyway, this film is too entertaining to let a couple of plot holes (including a ludicrously violent last five minutes) bog it down.
“Save your money, rent Goodfellas again!
“ The score by Howard Shore is fantastic and intense matching the mood and tone of the film.
“ Intriguing and unpredictable.
“ The film plot renders any meaning pointless to try to discern.
“ The movie was predictable, even the ending.
“ Just as a start, the environment and the characters feel so authentic and real, and each actor delivers a awe inspiring performance, some of their best.
“ Scorsese won big for this masterpiece and deservedly so: it's an entertaining and tense crime film that shows the ugly sides of both the police force and the criminal underworld; and how it can get unbelievably crazy.
“ By and large, the women are never as vital, as supercharged, as fascinating and charismatic as the men.
“ My advise is to go see Infernal Affairs and realize that the original film is smart, original, very intense and at least you did not want the film to end!
“And now for the pointless time wasters: Obviously Scorsese is big enough and powerful enough that he can dictate cuts (or lack thereof) to the studio at this point.
“ Wahlberg might be the single most enjoyable aspect of the film, which is saying a lot.
“ Nevertheless from beginning to end, this hard-edged, gripping crime thriller hits the mark as one of the smartest crime movies as opposed to typical action packed, over the top thrillers.
“ If only Martin Scorcese could make a movie where his female characters were as cool, as fascinating as the men.
“ All and all, The Departed is a very thrilling movie that will leave you satisfied.
“ very exciting, very unexpected ending.
“ However, this is a dignified effort by Scorsese and his production team and welcome return to form on the back of the monumentally long-winded Gangs of New York (2002) and Aviator (2004) which was decent but slow in parts, lacked authentic characterisation and was similar to Gangs of New York in the sense that it was unnecessarily long.
“ If I hadn't been watching this at home on my wasted DVD purchase, I would have walked out on it and I was almost tempted to, regardless.
“ This is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
“ Unfortunately, the criminally overrated Matt Damon is as boring as ever and Jack Nicholson overacts.
“ exciting .
“ He finds a way to connect the story together in a way to keep everyone on the edge of their seat the entire time.
“ Like most of Scorsese's film The Departed is very bloody and very violent but very entertaining in the process.
“ Characters die who you don't expect to die, meaning no one is safe, which keeps you on the edge of your seat.
“ I was getting the feeling that it was just going to be a star studded routine film about cops and the bad guys, only with a heapload of actors and violence to keep me entertained, I turned out to be wrong though
A fair few one liners lightened the mood in the dingy and slow moving areas
the rapid changes between characters to different conversations with no transition was rather mind boggling at times.
“ This movie is purely enjoyable.
“ Lately, all he seems capable of is generating yawns.
“ This is one of the most engrossing films I have ever seen.
“About the Departed: if you're turned off by profanity, sudden explicit violence and aggression, don't waste your time by watching this movie.
“ As the movie goes on, every minute was thrilling.
“ Apart from this movie works great and very thrilling as well and i would rather just a "must watch".
“The Departed is *easily* the worst Scorscese movie ever made, and one of the worst movies of the millennium.
“ The finish will drop your jaw not once, not twice, but three times with it's unexpected turns, and will make you retrace your steps to reassemble the characters and their alliances.
“ What's the point of engaging the viewer if it must end in such an abrupt way.
“ These stories have intense plots and interesting characters that make us see the world of crime in shockingly new ways.
“ Way too confusing.
“ Thirteen years after my first review which resulted in a mediocre seven out of ten, this is a rare movie that has grown tremendously with a renewed sense of dramatic excitement as the riveting script and performances grip the audience.
“The story is humdrum and boring.
“Stunning work from director Martin Scorsese.
“ His Boston dialog and aura, diverse characters, and quick twists will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“The story starts out simple, but quickly goes into complex situations that will have you on the edge of your seat.
“ I found this movie to be rather boring.
“ I thought I wouldn't be able to cope with all the adrenaline making me sit on the edge of my seat throughout that movie.
“ Martin Scorsese did a phenomenal job with the various editing techniques in order to give this film an upbeat and intense tempo.
“ This is not a point on which I am willing to argue, because while Babel was well-acted, Little Miss Sunshine was hysterical and Letters From Iwo Jima was fascinating, no movie that year came close to being the cinematic masterpiece that "The Departed" is.
“ If you're a fan of movies with unpredictable movies, this is a must see.
“ I found it to be highly suspenseful and there seems to be little to no characteristics that separate the so-called good guys from the bad.
“ For the dramatic dialogue, it creates a more intense atmosphere.
“ Boston makes for a fascinating location for a movie such as this--a rich subtext to each character, the possibility for interesting supporting players, and a gritty street life that makes it a poor man's version of New York City, without having thousands of movies made about it already.
“ This movie entertains you through its entirety until it comes to an unexpected and satisfying conclusion.
“ Judicious cutting of VERY expendable material that does nothing for either character development or plot would deliver a terrific, tight-packed little thriller with enjoyable performances by most cast members.
“ He alone makes this film worth watching, and I've watched it 4-5 times and intend to do so again.
“ There seemed to be a general theme of "confusing the viewer" throughout the film.
“This movie was unwatchable and I had to turn it off after 45 minutes.
“ Cinematography is spot on and the ensemble cast fantastic – headlined by DiCaprio, playing it on the edge as the undercover cop, and Damon as the hateful cool cucumber, a con on the inside.
“ I am sure the originators in China are getting credit of crafting such an incredible story line and the producers and the writers of The Departed have done their best to warp the script and implement new intriguing characters the best way possible.
“ The movie was indeed exciting & thrilling, and I couldn't stop watching the DVD rental once I started...
“Movie becomes damn exciting after knowing who that person is :D.
“)I was attracted to the movie because of my GREAT admiration for "Goodfellas" and "Casino", which in my opinion are the best of the gangster films - sweeping, thrilling, detailed, multi-layered, open-eyed pictures of organized crime to which romanticized pap like "The Godfather", for all of its virtues, can't be compared.
“ Other then that The Departed is a terrific film with some twists, turns, and surprises that make for an enjoyable film to watch.
“ Not one character in it is believable, engaging or sympathetic, not one word of dialog in it bears any relation to actual human speech patterns, and any semblance of plot is absolutely smothered in unnecessary, bloated, self-indulgent pretentiousness, disguised with profanity as the 'honest' language of the good old Oirish Boston Police Department.
“ Matt Damon's character is bland and motiveless.
“ Brilliant: intense, clever and action-filled .
“ I had no idea the two films had anything to do with each other, and the disappointment and boredom grew as scene after scene seemed like an American copy of a Chinese quality product (how is that for a change).
“ Parallels between cops and criminals are again drawn when both men are called on to test their loyalty to the other side under intense life or death situations.
“, the film lasted far too long for the story told.
“ The movie seems hammy, over the top, vain and self-indulgent, implausible, and simply boring.
“ Also the pace of the film is a little slow at the beginning and it could have easily done without a few sequences.
“ Tsk, tsk how banal...
“ Dignam has the most quotable lines in the film, but his character is so foul-mouthed and antagonistic that he soon becomes tiresome.
“ And then Martin Scorcese wins some Oscars in all the confusion.
“ Some characters have confrontations that are very intense.
“ Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon work together to create a truly brilliant contrast between protagonists that escalates into an unprecedented and unexpected climax that will leave the viewer stunned and speechless.
“ The whole plot is well thought out, it is absolutely mind blowing!
“ A DiCaprio film will continue to be a film worth watching.
“ 'Awful' doesn't begin to describe this insulting, puerile, stupid waste of everybody's time.
“If you like over-the-top violent thug movies, don't waste your time on this poor excuse for movie making and instead rent "Snatch.
“ It's a bland film, that could have been made by almost any TV director.
“ But when i watched it again i found it way too much fast paced.
“ Similarly, the score felt contrived and pedantic.
“ A lot about the movie felt contrived to me and I left the theater feeling deflated.
“ Amazing suspense throughout the film, even with the long running time I was on the edge of my seat!!!
“ Acting was excellent and made the movie enjoyable.
“ It is an intense movie that kept me on the edge of my seat.
“ THE DEPARTED is a long and intriguing film where opposite rival bands infiltrate each other to gain inside scoop info.
“ The other is the creeping sexism again - the female characters are cardboard cutout plot devices and again he thinks he can 'even it out' by throwing a penis in there (that shouldn't be a spoiler if you know Scorsese), but no, it doesn't work like that, and the penis is pointless.
“ This movie is a good one, worth watching and all.
“ Here instead we get DiCaprio seemingly taking it all very seriously and Matt Damon being as dull as he is as Jason Bourne.
“ And whereas the original movie dared start with the setup complete, leaving questions about how the plot got to this situation unanswered (at least until the sequel), Scorcese lacks the courage to do the same, walking us through the complete story in broadly chronological order, then adding some random, pointless minor time-shifting (the occasional scene shown out of sequence) as if in homage to his predecessor, while failing to understand the rationale of the device.
“ On the negative side, because one expects more with a Scorsese movie and one that cost 80 million dollars and is a remake, the script felt a little contrived, especially the romantic triangle, and also Matt Damon's character acts really stupid and was so dumb near the end.
“ Strictly for Fans of Exploding Heads and Naughty Words; Otherwise, a Complete Bore .
“In fact, "Infernal Affairs" was a lot more interesting in terms of how the moles went about communicating with their respective boss' and in this way was a lot more thrilling.
“ This complex doublecross story was difficult to follow.
“ Any hopes that this might be one those roles that allow him to recall his acting skills are swiftly ditched by the scenery-chomping on display here, as if Nicholson were bored and decided he could only get through it by making it as surreal as possible, meanwhile coming across as neither Irish nor Bostonian.
“ Sheens character seems promising but is another empty shell who is never explored.
“ It was so repetitive it almost became comical.
“ Jack Nicholson's acting as a madman boss is very entertaining and the plot is great.
“ Okay, I knew, this wasn't the kind of police dramas where the good guys would win
I even knew about the elevator scene, but just because something is unexpected and shocking, doesn't make it acceptable.
“ Overall Good, Long and Confusing at Times .
“ I've seen, The beach that was a ruin, Gangs of New York that was awful, The Aviator that was a torture to watch it until the end, and...
“Moving on to the very end of the film, we now find the most confusing part.
“ Even through about ten viewings, The Departed manages to be a highly engaging, suspenseful and thrilling film that's easily one of the most entertaining films I've ever seen.
“The Departed is one of those rarely found films that continually stays on the move, barely allowing you time to stop and take a moments respite as DiCaprio's undercover cop Billy Costigan, Damon's undercover mob mole Colin Sullivan and Nicholson's purple adorned crime boss Frank Costello go about their respective lives, with Scorsese's film becoming a thriller that genuinely keeps you on the edge of your seat, culminating in one of the most unforgettable and at the times unexpected endings, that recalls many a wide jawed reaction for those that caught this classic in cinemas (myself included).
“ If you're in the mood for a film with a fast-paced, thrilling story, fleshed-out characters and superb acting, then 'The Departed' is a must-see.
“ The film storyline is gripping to watch and can't help to see how it ends.
“ It was intriguing to see the gang and the cops predicting each other's moves, except this play of deception suddenly stopped making sense towards the end of the film.
“ I can honestly say that The Departed is a perfect film in every level, and while some viewers may find the plot confusing and the whole who is back-stabbing who hard to follow, this film is still worth watching.
“ My wife felt it was a very good, intense,tension filled movie.
“ Self-Parody, Empty Bluster .
“Never satisfied with mere excess, Scorcese continues to take original, intricate and downright terrific ideas, and bludgeon them into twisted ruins of predictable, derivative, deep-fried sleaze.
“ Even with this encyclopedic information at hand, I still found the movie very very confusing and I think it was because they tried to make it an amalgam of all the Infernal Affairs movies and also incorporate the real stories into one coherent story.
“ The story was already intriguing from Infernal Affairs and the best cast imaginable was brought together.
“ don't waste your time.
“ With its big name talent, long running time, and compelling (if somewhat hard to swallow) story it sends many wannabe film critics off to their pc to rave about using words like "classic", "brilliant", and even (gulp) "masterpiece".
“ A few continuity errors and audio overdubs/lip-synch changes are present, however, once immersed in the entertainment, viewers will be happy to dismiss these.
“There are many reasons to like "The Departed", as I've discussed, but I think the most important thing is that ultimately this film is just a purely enjoyable crime/gangster drama.
“the end was stunning and rather unexpected...
“ It's a movie that provides the movie with some thrills, unexpected twists (especially toward the ending) and some great confrontations between different characters.
“ Intense, very well acted and engrossing, I would recommend the Departed to anyone looking for a good drama or crime film.
“ The film editing is superbly superior, adding intense violence and great directorial shots to complete this masterpiece.
“A really engrossing film with just enough twists and turns to keep the audience enthralled without confusing too much.
“ Emotionally gripping, thematic, and elegantly cinematic, it's one of Scorsese's best films and it's one of the best pieces of cinematic art.
“ It's Entertaining and the constant intensity makes it an instant Classic.
“ There's not actually much else to say without giving something away other than a recommendation to go and see it if you want a well paced, thoroughly entertaining crime thriller.
“ He managed to enthrall audiences with his witty and fascinating dialogue and tales of star-crossed lovers and brave Moors, among others.
“ They provided a stunning edge to an already sharp blade of a film.
“ And, in a way, this is a shame when you compare it to the other somewhat bland performances by the other cast.
“ Nicholson's games with hookers were pointless and just distracting.
“ Martin Scorsese latest instalment of gripping movie making follows his art at exploring the crime genre in The Departed, a remake of the Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs.
“ Most confusing picture I've ever seen .
“ Their intertwined fates and inevitable collision are engrossing, blurring the lines of identity.
“ (I'm very surprised but he really saves this movie), (2) Matt Damon is a bad actor but he pulls it off, perfect as a slimy bad guy, (3) it was exciting and (4) the unsuspected ending.
“ It includes great characters who are performed by amazing actors, a top notch direction, a story with a very entertaining flow and music that just gives that last touch of a great guaranteed movie experience.
“the stunning Jack Nicholson is all over back again.
“ Instead of wasting too much more of my time on this film I will only comment that there was no story arc to be identified at all in the film.
“ Pointless, other than maybe to give Matt Damon a reason to kill him, although it would have been a thousand times more interesting if Damon's reason was Nicholson's dismissive treatment of him since a teenager.
“ i was bored throughout the first 1/3 of the movie.
“ The characters, though generally well played, are therefore not exactly "deep", so the film basically focuses on the twists of the story line, which had to be adapted to American tastes: there had to be a bit of romance (which might as well have been left out, as it is not essential to the film), a few references to growing up in tough neighbourhoods, a lot more violence than is absolutely necessary, a scene where Chinese criminals try to buy technology to develop a nuclear bomb (the "Iranian" and "Korean" scare), etc. These new, extra elements make the film much longer than the original version, and the last hour is painfully long as viewers are treated to a succession of boring scenes that only delay the conclusion everyone is hoping for.
“ Besides this, Scorsese does a wonderful job portraying the South side of Boston, and makes a wonderful and thrilling movie that gets better every time you watch it.
“ Remove the self-indulgent buffoonery by DiCaprio and his chum Damon, who especially can do so much better.
“ just kidding of course well have to wait and see how the departed compares to the likes of the godfather movies and the shawshank redempion but scorsese has truly created a masterpiece which was to me truly unexpected.
“ Just check the web for More Confusing Celebrity Pairs lie these two.
“The only sour note for me was the closing scene, and I mean the very last shot, as the camera pans across the balcony of an empty apartment to show...
“ Somewhat confusing editing and too many characters with too little development sinks "The Departed".
“ It was pointless and gratuitous and gave a false impression of the police.
“ Confusing yet thrilling plot .
“The X's all over the movie give snobs something to think over while the movie is engaging and interesting enough for anyone to enjoy.
“ Fiercely entertaining!
“Very thrilling and entertaining crime drama.
“ Most of this convoluted film is a complete waste of time.
“ The plot is thus a complicated mosaic complete with a love interest in the form of a beautiful and engaging police psychologist Madolyn (Vera Farmiga).
“long drawn out scenes made the whole film slow and dry...
“ By comparison, The Departed takes far too long to set up all the pieces at the start of the film and does it in a rather clunky manner, making the opening a little muddled and long-winded.
“ This film kept me on the edge of my seat.
“Here comes the second most confusing part of the film (Yes it will get more confusing).
“ gradually gets curious as the plot get intense with unexpected though possible twists.
“So, after a very exciting movie, they both almost unmask each other a few times.
“ There was no hint or indication the main character wouldn't survive the movie and it happened in an instant, which I felt was great and broke out of the cliché.
“ Some scenes really bored me too and i didn't really need to know about it.
“ It was intelligent and infinitely more entertaining than The Departed which does not even rise to the top when compared to great gangster movies like The Goodfellas, Get Shorty, Snatch, Scarface etc. If you like gangster movies you will probably enjoy The Departed, even though I doubt you will find the hype justified.
“ The acting is stunning, performances from high profile actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio,Matt Damon and the legendary actor Jack Nicholson are just a part of what makes this film a must see.
“ I remember little of it now, but I do remember finding it to be an ingenious idea and a gripping little movie, albeit a little overrated.
“ It has everything from great cast, through thrilling plot, to great filming.
“ Matt Damon's face and voice are too boring to play a villain, Martin Sheen's character is pretty thankless and dies easily, and Marky Mark's character is just a rod for the sake of being a rod - hardly enough meat to develop an Oscar- worthy performance.
“ The film also have layers upon layers of tension in every scene making it truly unpredictable right up until the very end.
“ This is a fascinating tale of two men who are doing the same thing just Leo Dicaprio is on the good side pretending to be bad and Matt Damond is a bad guy pretending to be good.
“ The characterization is superbly executed, along with the direction in which the film is projected, with some over the top , unexpected funny moments thrown from time to time that helps us stay sane and relaxed.
“ Highly entertaining as this film is, it should not be Oscar worthy.
“ Too long, too pointless, too slow.
“ I think I enjoyed it more than Goodfellas.
“ But as the film wears on and the body count piles up, the twisty plot becomes formulaic and predictable and the Southie accents ("fahk you ya queeah!
“ The film is fiercely entertaining and features superb acting.
“Martin Scorsese, you directed a tiresome, overlong, overcomplicated mess.
“ Their deaths at the end are also very similar and unexpected with a quick headshot from someone unsuspected.
“But it's a hell of an entertaining ride.
“ The excessive dependence on a single expletive (used more than 400 times) was boring.
“ The story-line is engaging, breathtaking, and genius.
“ A riveting classic with a top notch cast and crew .
“ One thing the story is good but amazing actors are waste hell climax boring action no thrill
“ Self-indulgent, Overrated & Bloated .
“ Dicaprio and Damon go different directions Costigan really good and Sullivan goes bad working with Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello The movie was very long but action packed.
“ Scorcese does a magnificent job on propelling each scene with near-constant tension and substance, and persistently maintains absorbing character development to keep things engaging without losing track of momentum.
“ Had The Departed been released in, say, 1986, it would have been stylish, edgy, and intense.
“ Or at the very least some really intense making out.
“ Pointless really!
“ Always worth watching.
“ Each of them features a gripping story, complex characters, and a memorable tale of intricate passion and power.
“ This is a good film, the direction is great, the acting is great, the script is great and the plot is gripping all the way through.
“ Why pick this name since the real life Costello was a HUGE figure in the underworld and bore little semblance to the guy in the film (who is more like Whitey Bulger, by the way)?
“ The rat symbolism was contrived, and definitely not compensation for a muddy ending.
“ The testosterone-fueled screenplay is boringly predictable, the hollow dialog is just a bunch of rants strung together, and the plot is treated so superficially as to be an insult to our intelligence.
“DiCaprio gives a riveting performance as always and forces others to truly step up there game.
“ I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
“ Even if it is a way too long for such a genre, more than 2 hours, still, it holds together well and never gets boring.
“ It is a long, drawn out familiar territory type of film which takes a brilliant plot, that of divided loyalties in a police department and runs with it.
“ here what we get is banal dialogue,(goodfellas again) implausible plot turns, (i'm trying to remember if infernal affairs plot was as ludicrous, take the fact that di caprio goes to see the police shrink, in the police building, what no ones sees him.
“ But people who like action packed movies such as The Matrix or The Bourne Series are gonna get bored and hate this movie.
“ In the film The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese audience viewers will get to experience an action packed film, filled with internal character turmoil, played by some of the best "A" list actors Hollywood has ever seen.
“ For films like this I find it helpful to keep a scorecard, because after a while things start to get a little confusing regarding alliances, and every new revelation becomes a 'whoa' moment.
“ What I got was an entertaining flick you might wanna watch with a bunch of beer loving colleagues.
“ Scorsese is very interested in the psyche of alienated loners on the edge and he also likes to explore the notion of 'betrayal'.
“ good movie spoiled by unexplained/confusing events .
“ The premise was impressive, put Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen and other top stars together with a dramatic and thrilling plot.
“ It can be a bit overwhelming the first time watching it, but that's just because it's so good at bringing all the elements together to create such a compelling storyline.
“ "The Departed" starts off great and has a stunning Act 2.
“On the other hand, the love triangle subplot involving Vera Farmiga's character was totally unnecessary and just a waste of time; likewise, the Costello twist also served little to no purpose other than confuse the slower viewer.
“ The result is a classy, thrilling suspense with actors who are incredibly better than in the American version.
“Yet the Departed remains an enjoyable film.
“Best editing and direction powered by the camera and music makes the movie very rapid and entertaining.
“ The interview following the press screening was FAR more interesting than the film itself, which I found hard to actually sit out and squirm through For one thing, too much rapid artsy-fartsy inter-cutting between the parallel stories of how Dicaprio and Damon infiltrate the police department and The Mob, respectively.
“ The wits were cool and enjoyable though, throughout the movie.
“ A great movie with an all-star cast and an intriguing plot line, The Departed has very few flaws.
“but still enjoyable .
“ But once your into the movie, you find the real taste and thrilling experience of the movie.
“ The Departed was definitely an action packed, edge-of-your-seat, exciting film to watch.
“ The last 10 minutes or so got pretty ridiculous considered how long the movie dragged on.
“ "Departed" is extremely enjoyable for those if you are a film buff.
“ Despite that, the movie is definitely worth watching and I'm recommending it to everyone.
“ Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" is a terrific entertaining film despite the violence, profanity and some sexuality.
“ This film is absolutely stunning, this movie is a rare case of a movie remake that surpasses its original in most ways.
“The film also has a brilliant supporting cast as well, led by the always intense Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and come on, Alec Baldwin was awesome here.
“ Ridiculous dialog, predictable, and scenes that run on forever.
“ It's smart as it is intense, it has great shoot-outs, it maintains an incredible level of suspense, and it keeps you guessing with unexpected twists.
“very true that like 'gangs' from scene to scene the editing and pacing was off on this one.
“ The lives of the main characters will overlap creating an intriguing work of art.
“ However, it is entertaining.
“ The Departed is a thoroughly thrilling, provocative gangster drama with the gritty climax and morality that has director Martin Scorceses past triumphs.
“ The movie is way too long, poorly edited, dialogue ugh, I just don't get the hype.
“ The acting is superb, the editing is so sharp and jolting so as to keep the tension and suspense alive, the cinematography greatly captures the tender living conditions in Boston, and of course Scorsese's Oscar-winning direction corrals everything together to create one gloriously entertaining film.
“ It might enjoyable for everybody.
“ The love story was predictable, a little weird, and definitely inappropriate considering the characters positions.
“ He portrays how big messages or clues can be right under our nose and how unpredictable the world of crime is.
“First, the characters are empty.
“ In fact in a couple of scenes they looked bored in the background.
“ The story is as intriguing as it gets, and the acting is superb on all corners, including the terrific Alec Baldwin.
“ This might be the worst movie I ever saw.
“ i watched the original and i must confess that movie is really a tense and thrilling film.
“ Scorsese and William Monahan, who so adapts this film so vividly, combine for one of the most thrilling and psychologically explosive movies in ages as the film so perfectly illustrates nothing is as it seems as well as a chain is only as strong as strong as its weakest link.
“The characters are believable and engaging.
“ It is thoroughly entertaining, and you will probably love every minute of it.
“So for me this is first predictable and then formulaic.
“ Some things are terribly rushed and others are explained in painstakingly, boring detail.
“ Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon's on-screen 'battle' is suspenseful.
“ The music ("goodbye, policeman") and suddenness made that scene a real tear-jerker in IA, while the decision to film Queenan's descent in slow-motion damaged unexpected nature of the character's death.
“ Very intense action and violence, twisting plot, lot's of misdirection.
“ Despite this, Scorsese delivers a good film, an enjoyable watch that kept me compelled until the end.
“ The preview is at times confusing, especially because in the quick shots Damon and Dicaprio almost look like the same person.
“A waste of time and money, you could make a better movie with your iphoneAt least it's a new genre...
“What makes this very pretentious movie really bad, are the "holes".
“ Yes sometimes such things happen, a man comes and exhibits an unexpected and excellent performance.
“ This movie was so good, so compelling up until the last 4th of the film.
“"All in all, in (The Departed) Martin Scorsese pulled off making uninteresting package of nervousness and adolescence, which has no relation whatsoever to his previous, and true, mafia epics like (Goodfellas) and (Casino).
“ Around this nifty little premise Scorsese effectively proves he can structure a few tense set pieces and create a tone of uncertainty and paranoia, predominantly from Costigan's perspective which is further aided by DiCaprio's performance of a man suffering certain emotions thus rousing the material at specific points.
“It's not easy to write scripts, but this film has an engrossing one.
“ The original was not that long, and way better and intense.
“ Very nerve-racking and thrilling ride.
“Leonardo as usual is so intense & complete in the character of Costigan that u simply forgets u r watching a Hollywood superstar...
“ Simply, a very entertaining and intelligent crime movie, partly ruined by an unbelievable, almost ridiculous, shoot-out ending.
“ I fell asleep after half of the film.
“ He oozes charm and likeability, even when he's clubbing people to death, or generally engaging in high-level criminal activities.
“ No film buffs or Scorsese fans are going to take my word for it, but here goes a warning I need to get off my chest: THE DEPARTED is a wretched way to slowly waste 2.5 hours of your life.
“ The man is at his best throughout the movie and some brilliant editing gives the viewers a mouthful of breathtaking action sequences.
“Now, admittedly this is largely a function of my own stupidity (or ignorance) but I still found it hard to follow the significance of what was happening.
“ Intense and Epic Crime Drama .
“These great performers, along with Alec Baldwin and Martin sheen, make the film very entertaining.
“ 20 minutes in and i was on the edge my seat.
“ Based off the Chinese film Infernal Affairs, Martin Scorsese's The Departed is an intense experience from start to finish.
“ To me this movie was boring, complicated, and nothing amazing.
“ The story is excellent and involving, and while it is a long film at nearly 2hours 30min, it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.
“ It had so many stars and famous director, yet it was boring and annoying with too many F words.
“ Suspenseful, superbly acted .
“ The cast is on point through-out all the movie, with the performances by Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg being particularly fascinating.
“ It's intense, has plenty of action, great story and great performances.
“ I enjoyed it, didn't have any expectations when i saw it.
“ However, the actor who gives the most enjoyable performance is Mark Wahlberg who plays a character who isn't even in the original.
“ Don't waste your time on watching this illogical movie.
“ Propaganda in service of oppression and hypocrisy.
“As for the story - it starts off as extremely intriguing, a brick here, a brick there, great acting, and still, in the end, which is blatant and potty, you feel there has been much ado about nothing.
“For the rest of the cast, they frown harder and harder as this extremely tedious film lurches to its anticlimactic conclusion, as if that would make a viewer any more interested in it.
“ What a breathtaking twist and turn tale of betrayal and goodness.
“ Way too long and boring.
“ Every actor does such a bang up job that it makes this movie so real and intense.
“ I find them, almost always, tedious and unsettling, the exception being movies like the Godfather series which were able to transcend the genre.
“ Amid the first-rate cast, DiCaprio is the unexpected standout.
“ The first half is relatively gripping (7.5/10). The second half is absolute tripe (2/10).
“ Jack Nicholson was so compelling to watch making me believe he's actually the head guy for real.
“Overall The Departed was a good movie, at times I was a little bored waiting for something exciting to happen, but when there was action, it did more than make up for the boring parts.
“So while the film is still probably the most entertaining I've ever seen and is stylish, fun and completely enthralling my original belief that it was hollow was quite incorrect.
“These intense and emotional moments wouldn't be possible without its star-studded cast, and each one delivers.
“Don't waste your time on this one.....
“Its Scorsese ,so the plot has to be ridiculously complicated yet enjoyable.
“ Nevertheless, it's still a good movie, entertaining and with an excellent plot.
“Another thing 'Departed' lacked was the fascinating relationship between head cop and head criminal, a mixture of friendliness and hatred.
“If you're willing to overlook all these (and more) inconsistencies, the story line is entertaining.
“ The set-pieces are tense, the visuals are as excellent as you'd expect from Scorsese, the plot is tense and twisty and it remains exciting much of the time.
“ The interesting parellel between Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon's character works great for the storyline, and both actors are so compelling in this movie.
“ Familiar And Overlong But Exciting Undercover Cop Thriller With Fantastic Ensemble .
“ The cast is great, the story is lean and simple yet engaging, Scorsese directs the hell out of this with his usual style, and it is all around a bloody good time!
“ Scorsese's riveting Boston crime drama also stars The War Zone's Ray Winstone as Costello's equally twisted #1 man, Mr. French, The Manchurian Candidate's Vera Farminga as a psychiatrist working for the Boston P.
“Madolyn has to be one of the most dull love interests in recent memory.
“ Raging bore .
“" But life, Scorsese, seems to be saying, is far more unpredictable and ludicrous, far more messy than this: none of us is ever ready (Nicholson's line to the effect that "we're all dying" suggests as much), and DiCaprio's character seems the least ready of all.
“ Out of the cameos, Ray Winstone's comes off best, while Matt Damon is the real weak link being very blank faced and monotone throughout.
“ It is too long, the pacing is too slow, and just felt like it was missing something.
“ i was completely immersed in the film.
“ The dialog & plot are quite contrived, the acting is always over the top (everyone has to use expletives all the time).
“ It kept me on the edge of my seat, the performances were really good, even Jack was good at being Jack as we all know, the soundtrack pulsated with a couple of cool Oirish tunes (thank goodness no U2!
“ Suspenseful and intense?
“ Don't miss this stellar movie .. Superlative performances of Jack Nicholson ,de caprio , mark whalberg ,sheen ,baldwin , matt damon ..Perfect & gripping direction of scorsese .
“The revelation of the whole story was just very entertaining.
“ While the writing was intense, I sometimes felt that the plot had no central point, and it seemed to go on and on without resolve.
“ "Little Miss Sunshine" should have waxed this puppy Oscar night, as it was a far more enjoyable viewing experience.
“ Everything develops at a natural but very compelling pace.
“fantastic, terrific, tremendous, stupendous, awesome, amazeballs, out of this world, unreal; the most gripping and tense and thrilling film I have ever watched to date no one would ever guess as the end will leave you completely speechless take it from me.
“ It's got thrilling action sequences, moments of sheer suspense and a very entertaining ending with well-crafted plot twists.
“ Really unexpected ending .
“ But this movie was rather tedious and possibly too long for its genre, and I felt that whoever was in the cutting room (the woman who now has Oscar somewhere on her mantle)perhaps was too attached to some scenes to let go.
“ Usually a Scorsese movie is intense but worth the watch.
“ But if you are into good story, nice messages and thrilling ends or twists...
“ Nonetheless, it puts paid once and for all to the argument that remakes are a waste of time and is a very worthy version of the Hong Kong original.
“ The dialogue is sharply written and the performances are outlandishly entertaining.
“The theme of "The Departed" is pointless nihilism: anything goes.
“ That is how intricate and intense this movie is - it keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end.
“ The above quote is spoken by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), the ruthless, unpredictable leader of the Irish mob that terrorizes South Boston.
“ What I just wanted to tell you how this movie became a masterpiece and absolutely compelling to watch.
“ This is a great, suspenseful, action movie with a great cast.
“Then Dignam's two weeks leave at this crucial junction feels contrived- a device to remove any protection from Costigan for the remainder of the film.
“ But still well worth watching again.
“ Well entertaining cop thriller from Martin Scorsese with one of the best casts of all time.
“ Martin Scorsese drew stunning performances out of already incredible actors.
“While the story is thoroughly engrossing, great actors are required to bring that story to life.
“ So ridiculously bad, it's hilarious, but still a waste of time.
“ Thrilling and exciting with great twists !!
“ 11/10 best writing best script best film most memorable and nostalgic and fantastic and this is truly the most extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvellous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigious; striking, outstanding, momentous, impressive, singular, signal, pre-eminent, memorable film out there for A TRUE MASTERPIECE AND MUST WATCH PLEASE WATCH THIS WONDERFUL AND MOST IMPACTFUL FILM.
“IA had always been my favorite movie due to the intriguing plot, the convincing role plays by actors, the subtle meaning behind the movie,and the artistically molded scenes.
“ Mark Whailberg is excellent in his role as mouthy police sergeant Dignam, he's an intense presence & a cool character.
“ Long and hard-hitting police thriller-drama by Scorsese is not without its share of flaws, but remains an immensely enjoyable film.
“ Keeping the high stakes high and the story engaging, Scorcese places a nasty twist on the mobster genre with this crime-drama where almost none of the characters are who they say they are or make out to be.
“ And by the time it was halfway through, I was bored.
“ There are plenty of plot-holes that I could mention but won't bother, as they are there for the purpose of telling an entertaining story.
“Otherwise it's not your average blow everything up movie, but still very intense.
“ All of his attempts are rather intriguing to watch as viewers have no idea whether Costello will fall for the ploy, or simply kill him.
“ It IS that disjointed.
“ The understanding of these characters are not convincing played out in the beginning but the eventual plot development into the tight corners is tense, intriguing and very well done.
“ I'm serious – while watching a Scorsese mob & cops film I was actually checking to see how long was left because I was so bored.
“ Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990) are probably the most intoxicating and wildly entertaining hat-trick of films your ever likely to see!
“ Of course, Scorcese is in familiar territory, but his cast give the film an unexpected freshness and vitality.
“ In perhaps the most elementary use of symbolism since Forrest Gump's "feather" scene, Scorsese shows a rat teetering on the edge of a railing!
“ In his film 'The Departed' we have an intense story with genius characters and superb acting.
“ A most enjoyable film.
“ This movie was rambling, predictable, and at times reminded me of a college student film with its forced irony.
“ The difference is that where that film took a genre formula and twisted it from pulp melodrama into real drama, via the writing and performances, as well as ending the film with a satisfying twist that was unexpected in the small, even if expected in the large (the good guys won), The Departed does the inverse, never rising above melodrama (even if good), and ending the film with a bad twist, of the worst deus ex machina sort.
“ A Pointless Police-Gangster Movie .
“ Tedious where it should be crackling and dull when it should be suspenseful, Marty and crew have made a nasty cinematic mess that really does not deserve the all-too-predictable praise that's been heaped on it.
“ The ending of this movie takes many by surprise just because it is unexpected of how all the events takes place.
“Overall, it's a very fascinating look into the meaning of what it is to be a rat within a morass of a world in which everyone is a rat of different sorts.
“ He also keeps a close eye on unwanted sentimentality, creating real characters in a superbly intense environment.
“ The Departed is flawless, riveting, and has lots and lots of style to go with it.
“ The Departed is a slow-burning simmering thriller, a tale steeped in deception, and gently, expertly brought to the boil - until a slightly overcooked finish leaving a slightly unsatisfying taste in the mouth.
“ tough guys shouting profanities with an intriguing plot .
“ Wracked with an intense atmosphere of paranoia and unapologetically gritty realism, Scorsese's brilliantly adapted remake is a cunning game of cat and mouse while the mouse also plots to destroy the cat and the audience is left unsure of who to root for.
“ The Departed has a good balance between a likable "good guy" and a sympathetic "bad guy," and that is what makes the movie entertaining to watch.
“ So go to your local Blockbuster and rent the true classic that "inspired" a juvenile, pretentious knockoff.
“ This absorbing crime drama set in Boston focuses on the dynamics of a situation where a mob informant joins the police force and an undercover cop infiltrates the mob.
“The ambling and dreary nature of the movie might have been elevated by some decent acting.
“ The idea of two sides both having a mole each is most thrilling and I am sure viewers will be most impressed, especially with the line-up of stars in the cast.
“ Martin Scorsese is also one of the few directors to tackle a theme that by now would have run its course: the Mafia movie because there can be only so much you can do with this type of film; however, Scorsese proves that there's still a lot of material that can be molded into compelling, edge-of-your-seat tales like the one he weaves here.
“An hour into the marathon that was this Guantanamo torture, I realized that I had been so pounded into boredom and apathy that the only thing that would have aroused me was if the entire oh-so-manly cast were, suddenly, to don black net hose and stilettos, and sing the rest of their lines in Gilbert and Sullivan musical style.
“ But Scorsese's handling of the subject and the script(Monahan truly does a great job) is mind blowing.
“ This is what upsets the movie and makes it seem disjointed, thus becoming a distracting factor in an otherwise brilliant film.
“ I really can't think of any films he has done that weren't creative, ambitious, well acted and intriguing.
“ Also, the relationships between the moles and their bosses were compelling and realistic, not over-dramatic.
“ Perfect fare for an audience so saturated with decades of Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis garbage that no one bothers to ask for logic any more, and starts to fall asleep if denied a hemorrhage for ten minutes at a stretch.
“Generally, it's fast paced, as I implied, but there are a few slow spots for me, mostly to do with Madolyn with the moles.
“ But this viewing helped me see that what I originally thought was a thrilling story of undercover deception is really an intricate study of the loneliness and mental breakdown that occurs when you decide to live a lie.
“ I do wish that some of today's directors and actors would immerse themselves in an intense examination of some of the Hollywood and British movies of the 1940s and 1950s to see how really to make films that are crisp and tight in direction, how the actors of those times were able to speak their lines in clear and understandable English, and that self-indulgent acts (actors) like Jack Nicholson simply were not given the time of day.
“ The alliterative names are also confusing.
“ Extremely Intense .
“ The police psychiatrist played by Vera Farmiga adds the DiCaprio box office love tryst but obliterated a gripping suspension of disbelief (unprofessional relationship and distributing prescription drugs without being an MD?
“ However the action does heat up nicely towards the final third, with an interesting homage to the original by the use of a scene in Chinatown in Boston, creating some genuine edge-of-the-seat moments, until a rather unexpected conclusion that slightly jars against what has gone before.
“ From the start, to the closing credits, The Departed is an incredibly exciting film, and there is rarely a slow moment.
“ I applaud him for making this movie and also applaud Damon and DiCaprio for gripping performances.
“ Still marginally entertaining as I was not expecting a serious cinema and paying more attention to the visuals and Jack Nicholson's familiar antics.
“) The cast is indeed stunning.
“ It is an intriguing plot, directed with a abundance of flair.
“ His lines are clever and snarky and when he acts it is entertaining.
“ In IA, the fact that his character had to live a lie despite the fact that he tried to make things right was so much more powerful than the bland ending of TD.
“ Martin Scorsese strikes again with his top notch film making, each scene, each element has meaning and it is his finest work since 'Goodfellas' , as you can see gangster films, is where he in his element, its tense, exhilarating, character driven and every second of this two and a half hour film is worth watching and you will absolutely not regret it.
“What is also great about this movie is that it stays real, while other movies stick to predictable Hollywood clichés.
“ Not a single thing is wrong with this new crime classic, and Martin Scorsese adds on his legacy to crime films in cinema, adding different and similar aspects to his original style of film making to make this pure cinematic beauty entertaining and eye-opening at the same time.
“ If you can get past some of the more extreme manipulations of the plot, this is a richly enjoyable movie.
“ If you like strongly detailed and entertaining crime dramas, this is it for you.
“ A Thrilling Crime Drama .
“ The flow of the movie is left somewhat disjointed and scattered, making it difficult for the audience to fully submit to the plot and the experience.
“ Rendering the film we just spent two hours watching a pointless waste of time!
“ Most of them are, in two words, boring and pointless.
“ This enthralling cop movie with Matt Damon ,Mark Wahlberg ,Martin Sheen and Jack Nicholson is a thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat for it's whole runtime
“ The action is well paced, which probably helps conceal the thinly written characters and predictable plot.
“ don't waste your time on this film, not to mention your money!
“ Better someone hand out awards to the Iraqi terrorists for entertaining the world so well.
“ Still very worth the watch if you love Scorcese.
“Despite their lukewarm characters, Leonardo DiCaprio (who I normally hate) and Jack Nicholson give outstanding performances - and watching them is what makes this movie worth watching at all.
“As intense as it is, THE DEPARTED goes way beyond the level of a standard good guy cops versus bad guy criminals shoot-'em-up fest.
“ It's exciting and morally relevant, a power punch of a thriller boosted by fine performances from DiCaprio and Nicholson especially.
“ Possibly the worst movie to come out in years.
“ Even in ten viewings it still manages to be completely suspenseful (Damon and DiCaprio sitting silently on the phone with each other, both knowing that the person on the other side is the rat, still had me holding my breath) and wildly entertaining.
“ The storyline is positively riveting in its intensity and uncompromising vision of the dark underworld of crime.
“ Very confusing plot, but somehow still somewhat entertaining...
“ This is a brilliant and thrilling movie till its very end, full of suspense, violence and you will not be bored in this picture.
“ The film is long but gripping.
“ predictable it is...
“ The mole within the police department is not a straight-up antagonist, as Damon was but instead operated in a gray zone that provided some stunning scenarios and plot developments that transcend any crime thriller ever made.
“ Bad things about The Departed are (1) the pathetic macho dialog (you can illustrate a masculine culture without lame sexist jokes all the time), (2)the Keanu Reeves-like "acting" of Mark Wahlberg, (3) the female main character (one-dimensional and boring), (4) the fact that the basic plot is stolen from the Hong Kong-film "Infernal Affairs", (5) the scene where Jack Nicholson is singing and of course (6) the dialect (what is that?
“ Simply riveting crime saga set in a middle-class Boston neighborhood run by a wily Irish-American gangster who uses his reputation, authority, and invaluable connections to stay a step ahead of the police as he carries out his reprehensible schemes.
“ The Departed was a fascinating movie chronicling the Massachusetts State Police Department's battle with a Boston mob led by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).
“ The cinematography and film editing are astounding, but the real secret to the success of 'The Departed' is Martin Scorsese's breathtaking directing abilities.
“ This film is extremely entertaining and I love the characters.
“ The music was excellent and Tony Leung's performance was spellbinding, but the movie was hard to follow.
“ The dark streets and the sound of footsteps splashing through rain puddles, gives us a suspenseful feeling that one of the characters will be found out and caught.