I think this review is going to be a bit different. It’s going to focus on the film for a part, but I’m going to take a moment to reflect on this challenge. It’s only film four and already I am putting a lot of time into this. I’m not backing out, but I want to make it clear that this isn’t easy to pull off. I didn’t get home from work until almost five today when I usually get home at 4PM. Being a teacher often requires extra time in order to complete all that is expected of us.

I got worried that I wouldn’t be able to get through the Departed, which has an 8.5 out of 10 on IMDB and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, tonight, but I did. Not only did I, but I’m very happy that I did. I’m a big fan Martin Scorsese and this was one I’d been planning on watching for a few years now. This is one of my favorites of his for sure as I didn’t quite know how it would play out and I found it quite intriguing how it does.

I convinced my wife to join into the movie about half an hour into it, which required a bit of explaining, and after five minutes I could tell she, too, was hooked. Leo, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen and Vera Farmiga were all fantastic. Leo was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Blood Diamond that year instead of the Departed. Both films earned him the Golden Globes nod, no wins. The film did get best picture and best director and those are definitely well deserved.

I was fully engrossed in the film and despite my slight anxiety over the time found myself really enjoying the movie. Another organized crime related film; this deals more specifically with under cover cops in the organized crime world and dirty cops. The duality of the characters really builds the tension as the story unfolds.

Spoilers coming!!!!!!!!!!!

Leo in Departed

Leo in Departed

I was on the edge of my seat wondering if Leonardo DiCaprio would be able to make it out alive or not. Jack Nicholson’s slightly manic character, Frank Costello, was an amazing villain, but not as impressive as Matt Damon’s dirty cop. The way the end unfolds will shock you and make you despise Damon’s character all the more.

I’ve heard so much praise for this film from friends and it came out at a time where dramatic films just didn’t appeal to me. I’d spent too much time surrounded by drama and I preferred finding comfort in over-the-top action films or comedies. I came to own this movie on accident by not sending Columbia House the paper saying I decline this selection. It arrived, and I just kept it. I’ve had it for almost ten years sitting on a shelf. This challenge finally pushed me to watch it, that and The Revenant’s release. I give The Departed 9 out of 10 stars!