Martin Scorsese's The Departed Essays

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The Departed, a film written by William Monahan, Alan Mak, and Felix Chong, directed by Martin Scorsese, was in my opinion a spectacular crime-thriller deserving of less criticism from overly sentimental viewers. Though this film is in some scenes brutal and vicious, I praise Martin Scorsese’s refusal to cower away from the undeniable truth that organized crime in the United States is murderous in nature just to satisfy certain viewers as critics advocated he should. Being a four time Oscar winning film with sixty-three other awards for numerous aspects in the movie industry, I don’t believe anyone can contradict that The Departed is profoundly unforgettable to masses of moviegoers. The film takes place during the height of Irish mob …show more content…

All of the characters presented in the movie have a distinct personality, making the viewer engage deeply in the heart pumping action and drama. But the actor is nothing without the writer, and not by any means is The Departed lacking in storyline. As you watch The Departed, Colin Sullivan (Damon) and Billy Costigan’s (DiCaprio) storylines become increasingly in-depth and intertwined. Starting when Colin Sullivan is just a child and his encounter with Frank Costello’s mentorship, the story then fast-forwards to Costigan and Colin working their way through police training and eventually amounting to Costigan undercover and Colin as a detective. The side by side comparison of their lives adds to distinct feelings about the characters. The two “rats” continually work against each other and narrowly miss seeing each other’s faces, even dating the same girl, Madolyn (Verna Farmiga). This suspense draws watchers to the edge of their seats with anticipation for the conclusion of the movie. Phenomenal Acting and a jaw dropping storyline are the foremost reasons why The Departed is by all means a spectacular movie. This film will go down as one of the best crime thrillers of the 21th century. Many viewers of this movie will find themselves astonished as the storyline roller-coaster’s around making twists and turns never expected. Some may question the vulgar language and intense violence but if you are a person who’s easily offended, simply do

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