Earlier this week, this column reviewed "The Wolf of Wall Street," the latest film directed by Martin Scorsese to star Leonardo DiCaprio. Over the years, they have made many films together. One of the strongest of these movies is "The Departed," which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2006.
"The Departed" is set in Boston and stars DiCaprio as Billy Costigan, a sincere young cop whose family has been involved in a lot of crime. Because of his familial connections, he is chosen by Captain Queenan (played by Martin Sheen) and Sergeant Dignam (played by Mark Wahlberg) to be a mole in the inner circle of the neighborhood crime boss, Frank Costello (played by Jack Nicholson). The police department does not realize that Frank has his own mole inside their department: Colin Sullivan (played by Matt Damon).
The movie has a lot of great action scenes and suspense. One of the best scenes in the film is a shootout near the end between the cops and Costello's men. This scene is almost as good as the shootout after the bank robbery in "Heat."
"The Departed" features great lead performances by DiCaprio and Damon. It also features an impressive supporting cast. Jack Nicholson, as usual, makes an excellent villain. Another good performance is by Vera Farmiga, who plays a police psychiatrist. She is Colin's girlfriend who also gets involved with Billy. Alec Baldwin is also very strong. He plays one of the captains in the department.
A complex study of the lures of corruption, "The Departed" is the best film of 2006, as well as one of the best films of the 2000s.