What to Watch Next: “The Departed”

What to Watch Next:

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Alex Hartleb

One undercover cop and one mole in the police force must identify each other before the other does, in order to expose them and help save the party they are working for. One must protect himself while he infiltrates an Irish gang and the others must hide his affiliation with the mob while he provides the information from inside the police force.

Martin Scorsese’s 2006 film “The Departed” is a story of lies, deception, and betrayal as undercover cop Billy Costigan, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, must infiltrate the Irish mob in Boston and take down the head boss Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson. 

At the same time, mole Colin Sullivan, played by Matt Damon, must identify the undercover cop for Costello from the inside using the assets he has gained throughout his career in the police force. 

I have watched this movie a total of four times, and every time I realize and catch plot points that I didn’t notice before since this movie has a lot going on at once and requires a lot of close attention. I keep getting more and more attached to the main characters, mostly Billy, which creates a lot of buildups while watching the movie despite me knowing the outcome every time. It is just that great of a movie to watch. 

For people who are fans of a lot of drama, action, and thrillers like I am, “The Departed” is a great film to watch, it just has it all.

There are a ton of moments that will really have you worrying for the characters and also cheering them on as they try to accomplish their ultimate goal of discovering the other first. Only one will be able to identify the other first, and it is really amazing and nail biting to watch the steps they carry out and to see the outcome of it all unfold in front of you. 

For anyone who is looking for a great thriller to watch alone or with a friend, I highly recommend you choose “The Departed” for your next movie to watch, and for those interested, it can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime.