Movie Review: The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006) came from Netflix.com [affiliate] as do all of my movies. It was one of those: “I saw the commercial, it was neat, but wasn’t captivating enough to go to the theater so I’ll rent it on Netflix” scenarios. While I didn’t really think much of it, later on I’d find that the film had been nominated for Oscars.
I guess the reason I have trouble with the movie isn’t because of the star cast with Nicholson, DiCaprio, Damon and so many others. It’s the fact that the screenplay was a remake of Infernal Affairs (2002) with Andy Lau and Tony Leung.



From a standpoint of remakes, it was rather good. The casting was perfectly executed and you get sucked into a Boston crime ring and the stories of two moles, with one in the police and the other in the the crime organization and both trying to find out who the other is while the plot unfolds.
Unfortunately, if you’ve seen Infernal Affairs, then somewhere in the middle it hits you that you can predict every single move of every character. It wasn’t perfect, but it was slightly unsettling. I guess that’s what they call a “remake” eh? If you’ve already seen the movie, then you won’t mind finding out more information from the Wikipedia entry for The Departed. Be forewarned of the spoilers. The parallels can be drawn from its predecessor differentiating only in the type of crime organization and geographical locale.
Overall, the acting was superb. But the real question is: if this is a remake of the first Infernal Affairs, will the remake the entire trilogy? One has to ponder.

  • Did you know The Departed was almost an hour longer than Infernal Affairs? And it still won the Oscar for Best Editing.

  • Did you know The Departed was almost an hour longer than Infernal Affairs? And it still won the Oscar for Best Editing.