It's been quite a while since Martin Scorcese went into mafia waters with his films. Since 1990 and the "Goodfellas", in fact. But for all those of us waiting 16 years for him to make something simmilar the wait was well worth it. "Departed" has taken mafia films to a new level.
The story revolves around two characters: Billie Costigan a Massachusets state policeman played by Leonardo Di Caprio(a good performance in general but he could have fixed the accent a bit) who goes undercover and infiltrates a crime sindicate led by Frank Costello(Jack Nicholson, brilliant as usual) and Colin Sullivan, a mole inflitrated inside the police by Costello, played by Matt Damon. Leading a double life soon begins to take both physical and emotional toll on both men and when their respective organizations become aware that they have leaks within them all hell breaks loose. Costigan and Sullivan soon realize that nothing is as it seems and that almost everyone involved with them is having a double life of a sort leaving them unsure as to who they actually work for. The ending is as original as it is unexpected.
Even if you are not a fan of Scorcese, the actors playing in the film or mafia movies in general you should not miss this in your local theatre. It guarantees that your eyes will be glued to the screen for the full two and a half hours of the duration.