By: Craig McNair
From Martin Scorsese, the critically acclaimed director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino comes the Irish themed, The Departed. The 2006 film contains an all-star cast featuring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Martin Sheen. The film received numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
The Departed is a crime thriller that is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film. The film’s setting is in Boston, Massachusetts where the Irish mob is led by Frank Costello (Nicholson). The film’s plot revolves around William “Billy” Costigan Jr. (DiCaprio) and Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Damon) and their relation to Costello. The Departed will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the climax.
The film’s soundtrack is top notch with tracks like “Gimme Shelter” and “Let It Loose” by The Rolling Stones, “Comfortably Numb” by Roger Waters, “Sail On, Sailor” by The Beach Boys, and “One Way Out” by The Allman Brothers.
The Departed is one of Scorsese’s best films, a return to form for Nicholson and a perfect example of why DiCaprio is the best actor out today. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day watch this Irish themed thriller to find out who is lucky and who is not.