“When you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”
“The Departed,” Martin Scorsese’s 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs,” is the film he finally won his Oscar for. It’s a strong crime film and is definitely a Scorsese film with incredible camera work and intense violence, but is it as good as the original? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Movies & Their Remakes series with Scorsese’s “The Departed.” We talk about what we thought of this film when we first saw it and now how it compares to its predecessor. We chat about the script and how William Monahan approached the adaptation of the original story into a South Boston setting. We discuss the actors – Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga, Mark Whalberg and the rest – and how well they work for us (or don’t in some cases). We touch on Scorsese and how much this film fits right in with his output. We hit on other crew members and what they bring to the table, from editing to composing to cinematography and more. And we debate just how good the actors’ South Boston accents are and how effective we are at pinpointing them. It’s a great action movie that may have diminished in quality after such a recent viewing of “Infernal Affairs,” and it certainly has its share of problems, but we have a great time talking about it on this week’s show. Check it out!
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- Script Transcript
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Infernal Affairs