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"The Departed" is set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the gangsters and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy – and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. — More here
It is an American remake of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs.
The screenplay was written by William Monahan, who based it on an original script by Felix Chong and Siu Fai Mak.
Andrew Lau, the co-director of Infernal Affairs, who was interviewed by Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily on October 9, 2006, said "Of course I think the version I made is better, but the Hollywood version is pretty good too. [Scorsese] made the Hollywood version more attuned to American culture."
Andy Lau, one of the main actors in Infernal Affairs, when asked about how the movie compares to the original, said: "The Departed was too long and it felt as if Hollywood had combined all three Infernal Affairs movies together. Andy Lau pointed out that the remake featured some of the "golden quotes" of the original but did have much more swearing. Andy Lau rated The Departed 8/10 and said that the Hollywood remake is worth a view. Andy Lau thinks "the effect of combining the two female characters in the original into one isn't as good as in the original," according to Lau's spokeswoman Alice Tam.
The film is currently one of the highest-rated wide release films
of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes, and the third highest on Metacritic.
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