With a cast of Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg; at a glance, The Departed seems to be yet another movie trying to make it through the names of the stars. Yet, for once, this is a movie where the stars actually prove why they should be stars - the acting is just absolutely amazing!
The story is about cops and robbers; focusing on "the rat". Matt Damon plays a cop, who effectively works for the Boston Mafia boss Frank Costello (Nicholson). DiCaprio plays a cop, who infiltrates the Mafia and to bring down Costello and the whole movie is about the parties on either side trying to catch the rat(s) for their paymasters.
Nicholson is simply amazing as the Mafia boss; and DiCaprio puts in a performance worthy of an Oscar ... indeed I think both will get nominated for Oscars this year. And even Mark Wahlberg can act ... something I wouldn't admit to after watching The Italian Job. But perhaps the best part of the movie is the amazing script ... with brilliant twists and the scene in the elevator at the end of the movie reminded me a lot about the classic standoff scene in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.