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Who saw The Departed?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by dusty, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    I haven't seen the original -- how did they end it without Wahlberg's character? Did Damon's character still get killed?

    the theatrical version ends at the elevator scene where the DiCaprio character is killed by the 2nd mole, then he's killed by Damon and the movie ends there with "Damon" deciding to go straight, having gotten away with it all. In the director's cut, "Damon" is killed by the cops at the elevator
     


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    I thought The Departed was excellent, but did anyone else feel that it was a little too "mainstream" for a Scorsese film? Where was the signature Scorsese style that we're accustomed to? Scorsese usually paints his films with brilliant visual strokes but there were none here. The soundtrack was good but there were no cool shots other than the opening where Jack Nicholson is walking across the garage (?) in the dark and exhaling smoke through his nose. I also didn't see any significant tracking shots ala Mean Streets or Goodfellas.

    As always, Schoonmaker's editing was on point and the acting was phenomenal. All the lead actors were terrific and Wahlberg and especially Alec Baldwin provided great comic relief.

    I still enjoyed the film immensely and it definitely worked on the black comedy level. Lots of great one-liners and zingers! I just thought it lacked that Scorsese touch. I think a number of other directors could have directed this film in a similar fashion.
     


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    havent seen it yet but I did see "Infernal Affairs" the original HK version of this film. I think the casting was pretty accurate for the Departed as it kinda uses the same formula from Infernal Affairs (like using the American counterpart of the HK actors ie Andrew Lau/Martin Sheen). I also heard that the Departed was more a combination of all three IA movies but I have yet to confirm this.
     


  4. Get Smart

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    I also heard that the Departed was more a combination of all three IA movies but I have yet to confirm this.

    sort of but not really. One of the big differences is that the IA DiCaprio character has been in the gang for a long time, and isnt a newcomer the way DiCap is. But interesting you brought up the other 2 IAs, because I was about to mention that I hope they dont ever decide to do The Departed 2 and 3.
     


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    sort of but not really. One of the big differences is that the IA DiCaprio character has been in the gang for a long time, and isnt a newcomer the way DiCap is. But interesting you brought up the other 2 IAs, because I was about to mention that I hope they dont ever decide to do The Departed 2 and 3.

    I liked the third one, nice conclusion to Lau's character act.

    BTW I just loaded this thread to see some feedback about the movie and now I know what happens to the Damon character, thanks guys [​IMG]
     


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    Every conflict is resolved with violence, usually a bullet in the head. How disappointing that one of our best driectors couldn't come up with something smarter than this.
     


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    Every conflict is resolved with violence, usually a bullet in the head. How disappointing that one of our best driectors couldn't come up with something smarter than this.
    Excellent point. I was so glad when that last bullet, finally got expelled. What a relief . . . what a bore.
    Everyone I've talked to about this film, was confused by it.

    [​IMG]
     


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    it was excellent! as good as everyone said. i think scorsese did a good job transferring the story from the original HK versions - i was a little worried that the all-star cast's personality might overwhelm the story, but they were all perfectly cast - especially alec baldwin and mark wahlberg - hilarious! i feel like it would've done really well as a summer blockbuster, but there you ahve it.
     


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    Very good movie!
     


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    Every conflict is resolved with violence, usually a bullet in the head. How disappointing that one of our best driectors couldn't come up with something smarter than this.

    Ever read Hamlet?
     


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    I loved the movie, the ending though was unbelievable though
     


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    Fantastic movie. Obviously great acting (except from Damon). One of my top 15 Scorsese! ([​IMG])
     


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    best movie i've seen all year...hell best movie i've seen in a while..
     


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    It is the rare American remake of a foreign film that is better than the original. The Departed, while very entertaining, is not one of those rare movies. Two issues I had with an otherwise fine movie: (1) the last killing felt tacked on to give the movie a "Hollywood" ending, and (2) DiCaprio and Damon were not as good as the two leads from Infernal Affairs, Tony Leung and Andy Lau. Damon, in particular, was miscast as the rogue cop, possessing none of the wicked flamboyance that Lau had in spades.
     


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    I'd agree with the very end part, but it didnt detract from the movie for me. Has anyone noticed that they show the final killing in the tv commericials now as the last thing you see? I found that interesting.
     


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