top 100 films of all time
23.) The Departed (2006)
“i’m tired from fucking your wife.”
“how’s your mother?”
“good, she’s tired from fucking my father.”
now this right her is how you do a true crime thriller. perfect suspense, well-written characters, a phenomenal cast, twists and turns left and right, brutality and darkness. the film’s lack of tidiness, especially in the ending, is absolutely beautiful in terms of unpredictability. i’m not gonna spoil it just in case but the last 20 minutes or so is some of the most shocking and edge-of-your-seat material ever put into cinema. plus, who better to take on a script of this nature than Scorsese. and who better to play these complex characters than this cast. Billy Costigan is one of my all time favorite characters. probably my favorite cop in any film. he’s got nothing to lose and is pretty bad, (like badass if you will) but you know he’s good at heart. this characters state for the entire film is tragic, trapped, and terrified. which brings me to the terrifying Frank Costello played by the wonderful Jack Nicholson. this character is a psychotic sexual deviant who just happens to be a notorious crime boss, and his mole who is played by Matt Damon is an underrated character/performance that i myself found quite terrifying as well. in those last 20 minutes that i was talking about earlier, it is just how cold he is. he is so absolutely cold and selfish, which in some ways i find more terrifying than Frank. Mark Wahlberg is at his best here as Dingnam, the dirty mouthed sergeant. his wise cracks and his strong Boston accent is beautifully written and acted. Alec Baldwin adds for me another underrated character and portrayal of said character. he is absolutely hilarious in the film. plus, he makes it out alive. not something a lot of characters can say, oops. this film is originally filmed and edited, brutal, and is an instant classic.
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