View Full Version : "The Departed"----- Scorsese does a Tarantino.

10-15-06, 11:00 PM
Caution, this review is a spoiler, do not read if you want to see this movie!!

I've always liked Scorsese's movies. Casino, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver are some of my favorite movies ever. He's got a great directing style, his movies are (were) always tastefully done, with violence, but not the senseless violence that Tarantino is known for. But, his newest film "The Departed" pushes the limits for gore and violence beyond Tarantino's lines.

Let me get started by saying there was a ton of violence in this movie. There is usually a good amount of blood and gore in Scorsese's movies, but nothing too bad. In this movie, when someone gets shot in the head, you see the entire thing, not just parts of it like in Casino or Goodfellas. In the ending, all of the likeable charachters get their heads blown off, except for the biggest douchebag in the movie..he's the only one that end's up alive. It's like in the ending of "Reservior Dogs", where everyone ends up dead.. Disappointing. The worst scene is when Martin Sheen's character gets pushed off the 6th floor of an abondoned building by the gangsters. You see him with the gangsters, then it cuts to a scene of him falling thru the air, then it cuts to a ground level shot where you hear him hit the ground, and a bunch of his blood splatters about 6' up in the air, then it cuts to a shot of Mr. Sheen, police captain, lying dead on the ground in a pool of his own blood, with blood coming out of his eyes, nose, ears and mouth....that's too much! There's plenty of this through out the movie... :/

The plot was confusing as hell too. The movie is about the Irish mob in Boston and the Massachussets State Police. Now the MPD is trying to get the leader of the mob (Frank Costello), played by Nicholson, who is great as always. And the MPD has their two guys, Billy Costigan, played by DiCaprio, and Colin Sullivan, played by Damon. Now they were both in the police training, but Dicaprio's character went into the undercover unit....he went into the Irish mob. Now the character played by Damon is the leader of the unit that's going after the Irish mob, but he's in the mob too, but Costigan and Sullivan don't know each other, and they don't know that they're both double agents. Either way, that gets very confusing in the end because their stories mingle and merge together so much.

Also, theres some pretty cool chase scenes with Nicholson's car in the movie, a Ruby Red '94 Roadmaster, but it gets destroyed in the end, but it takes a lot of damage in the final scene. There are a lot of cars we'd like in here, Town Cars, the Roadmaster, a couple Cadillacs, etc etc.

Anyways, I wouldn't recommend it. I would have much rather spent my money on Robin Williams' new movie "The Man of The Year". You can't go wrong with a movie starring Williams, Lewis Black and Christopher Walken!

10-15-06, 11:10 PM
I enjoyed the movie a lot. Scorsese’s best work since Goodfellas. While the plot had its twists I thought it was easy to follow. All of the actors did a great job with the Boston accents. Yea there was some blood and guts, but I felt it was very manageable. My mom even went to see it and she didn't mind it, and she is very squeamish.

10-15-06, 11:27 PM
Theres just so much negativity in the movie, nobody is nice to anyone. I hope Boston isn't really like that...

10-16-06, 08:31 AM
Looks okay. Don't think I will see it though.

10-16-06, 09:40 AM
I liked the movie. Followed the plot fairly easily. I saw the taratino ending coming once non-major characters started appearing. I ecen leaned over to my girl and said, "watch them do a taratino" when they were on the rooftop. I didn't notice all the violence, but mind you i snuck into this movie after going to see Texas Chainsaw Masacre II the begining

TCMII: Now thats another cult horror classic!!! Its about time R rated Movies are R again. Amazingly gorey, Awesomely bloody, and disgustingly gruesome. Everything you want a horror movie to be. Man leatherface is an animal.

Lord Cadillac
10-16-06, 03:36 PM
I saw this movie on Saturday. It definitely kept me entertained.. If you really want gore, though - see Hostel...

10-16-06, 03:39 PM
Ya know, I made a Hostel based joke as we were leaving the theatre Saturday night.

"I don't think there was enough violence and gore in that movie, I think I'll go watch Hostel now!"

10-16-06, 03:43 PM
I take it no one saw TCMII they were cannibals :~fridge: :mob: :food-snacking:

10-16-06, 03:47 PM
Cannibals in TCMII? That's worse than that scene in "Sin City" when the man's dogs eat his legs off his living body. :shocked:

10-16-06, 04:12 PM
yeah they were poor and i guess groceries were just one of those expenses they could not handle.

10-17-06, 08:49 AM
Sin City was an excellent movie. I watched it over 10 times already, and I would watch it 50 more.

10-17-06, 11:11 PM
Now I can't remember, did Tarantino direct all of Sin City, or just a part of it?

10-17-06, 11:41 PM
Now I can't remember, did Tarantino direct all of Sin City, or just a part of it?

He directed the part where Clive Owen is driving with Benicio's head.

10-17-06, 11:43 PM
I couldn't get into Sin City. I went to the movies to see it and it was after a bad fight with my sister so maybe that has something to do with it. I need to sit down and watch it. The concept of it I thought was amazingly unique compared to any other movie.

10-18-06, 09:32 AM
I loved it. The ladies were smoking too.