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on March 20, 2007
Scorse Scores again! This one is a collector item. As a gangster film it stands with Goodfellas and as a political police film it stands with LA Confidential. DiCaprio and Matt Damon are well cast as cops because they manage to look like relations, one a good cop playing a bad cop, the other a bad cop playing a good cop or are they both? Add Jack Nicholson who clearly plays the role of a 'godfather' type gang lord also has a twist at the end that will leave the viewer thinking. This is not just a thrill ride. It's not quite as good as The Godfather but it's close.
Whether intentional or accidental this movie also speaks to the confused American political situation. Who is the good guy? The characters are multi-dementional and the motivations of each character and the relationships of the gang members and the cops are intricate and require consideration. This one is 'a thinker' as well as excellent entertainment. It deserved best picture. I've seen Babel, too, and I'd vote for The Departed. I bought it.