Martin Scorscese, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, "Marky" Mark Wahlberg......now that is some lineup. Top Actors, top director brought together to do a .....remake!? Yes, The Departed is a remake of "Infernal Affairs", one of the best films to come out of asian cinema in recent years. It was a fast paced cop thriller running at 90 minutes. The Departed is an hour longer but still the same story.....why?
The Plot is essentially that the police force are trying to nail a man named Costello (Nicholson), and to aid them they have a man on in the inside (DiCaprio) but what the police don't know is that the Costello has planted a mole in the police force (Damon) and that is the launchpad for the film. The film is really good, as it should be, but as with all Scorscese, it is overlong and a bit patchy in places. The cast are all on fine form, no need to mention Damon or DiCaprio or even Nicholson as they get their fair share of praise all the time; my favourites are Baldwin and Wahlberg, Mark especially as the obnoxious cop who is one of 2 people who know about DiCaprio's cover.
Which do I prefer? Both are good films but I'd rather watch the original as the pace makes it more enjoyable. I do recommend you watch The Departed, my advice is go to cinema with comfortable seating as you will be there for a long time. Not Scorscese's best but his best in a long time. 8/10