“The Departed” will be spoken of highly in Academy circles this year with many of the cast being nominated for Oscars, as actors in films like this often are. Deception begets deception and violence begets violence in this shoot-’em-up action thriller. Who is the good guy and who are the bad guys? In fact no-one really knows as everyone gets murdered in this Scorsese blood fest.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if there had been a true hero or villain in this film but the director would have us believe that everyone is crooked or has an angle. Even the good cops turn out to be not so nice after all and just when you think the killing is over, someone else gets shot in the head at close range with blood spatter and all.