Film Review : The Departed Written By William Monahan And Directed By Martin Scorsese

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The film The Departed written by William Monahan and directed by Martin Scorsese is a remake of the film Internal Affairs. The film is about two Boston men Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) who infiltrate each other’s worlds in order to take down or protect the organized crime leader Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Both men are put in a world where they desperately want to get out and struggle trying to maintain the facades they have to portray. The award winning director Martin Scorsese once again constructs a masterpiece that incorporates several examples of brilliantly used film techniques. Scorsese use of a number of elements create a vivid world of a self-contained narrative that depicts the rise and…show more content…
Money does not define Billy he’s more concerned with being the type of man his father was. The next element I will discuss is dialogue. Dialogue is an essential cinematic technique to determine what kind of person the characters are portraying. Billy’s cousin Sean referred to Costello as God. Being compared to God an almighty omnipotent entity lets us know that Costello is an influential person in the neighborhood. Costello is a person who always wanted to be an authoritative person, the first words we hear from him “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product….of me.” From that we can get the sense that Costello wanted to be in control of things. Costello’s desire to be the kingpin of Boston makes him go to extreme measures. Colin and Costello’s relationship is a close one. Costello acts as a father figure for Colin. When Colin talks to Costello when other detectives are around he even refers to him as dad. Colin’s character is someone who wants to be wealthy and powerful like Costello. At one point in the film he even says he could be Costello. Billy on the other hand is not like these characters. Billy just wants to be an honest police officer and do his job. Billy’s background is further revealed by Officer Dignam (Mark Wahlberg). Billy has had a troubled past his father’s side of the family is poor and connected with Costello’s

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