The Departed (2006) R

How I learned to tell Matt Damon from Leonardo DiCaprio:

As actors, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio are as good as it gets. They both can carry a movie, display an impressive range, and have youth and beauty on their side. Somehow I am always confused as to which one is which, that is until I saw them together in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning movie The Departed.

The Departed is set in South Boston, where the Massachusetts State Police are waging war on organized crime. This is a tense film! It is a thriller, a cop procedural, a character drama, and all in one.

The story blurs the lines between the law and the lawless. Billy Costigan (DiCaprio) is a young cop, Colin Sullivan (Damon) is a street-smart criminal, and Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is a crime boss … their lives become linked in a dangerous game and we end up watching a great movie.

For another thriller set in Boston, check out Barb’s review of The Town (2010).

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