In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy-and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. But is either willing to turn on the friends and comrades they’ve made during their long stints undercover? —IMDb
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
No, not just story, but the essence of story. The accents, the movements, the dicks in movie theaters, blood spattered sidewalks, backward hats, and the shining copper of the state house looming over it all.
I recently watched The Departed for what must be the 30th time. It's still great. I love the depth of the dramatic irony playing out the whole time: actors playing characters who are often acting themselves. It makes for exciting drama. Scorsese keeps the heartbeat of the film moving, fast & slow, with bursts of energy. Lots of style. In this plot-driven, rock'n'roll laden, ensemble carried, well-directed flick.
Now that he has finally been caught, Whitey Bulger’s most lasting influence may be the way he set the tone for Boston’s pop-culture since the 1970s, most noticeably in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed… read review
Infernal Affairs is haphazardly constructed and exceedingly difficult to follow, speeding through important plot points while stretching irrelevant scenes to ridiculous lengths.
In the American… read review
I think this is the best entertainment Hollywood has had to offer in a long time. Some people are very picky when it comes to Scorsese since they know what hes made in the past. Should this have been… read review