History Film / TheDeparted

4th Apr '17 7:53:16 PM dmcreif
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** The movie shows the dangers of an undercover cop is not only the risk of being caught, but the risk [[spoiler:of dying while undercover, with the only people who can verify your existence also dead, your records deleted and you are forced to end up BecomingTheMask for real. Costigan barely averts this by the end, but Delhaunt, the Boston Police Department mole, is forced to participate in the death of police officer Queenan, and Costigan gets desperate knowing that eventually he would have to get his hands dirty]].
** A lot of old gangster movie tropes are overturned. Policework isn't an avenue for redemption but a line of work. Costigan's desire for redeeming his family name [[spoiler:ends up getting him killed, Sullivan sees the Law Enforcement as a cynical career move, and betrays his criminal allies not out of moral outrage but to cover his tracks]]. As for the Church and reforming priests trying to reform criminals a la ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'', here they are pedophiles who get blackmailed by an AxCrazy sleazebag mob boss. Likewise, most of the problems happen because the Staties, Boston PD and the FBI fail to collaborate with each other and screw over each other rather than do what they are supposed to do.

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** The movie shows the dangers of an undercover cop is cop. There's not only the risk of being caught, but the risk [[spoiler:of dying while undercover, with the only people who can verify your existence also dead, your records deleted and you are forced to end up BecomingTheMask for real. Costigan barely averts this by the end, but Delhaunt, Delahunt, the Boston Police Department mole, other undercover cop, is forced to participate in the death of police officer Queenan, Queenan's murder, and Costigan gets desperate knowing that eventually he would have to get his hands dirty]].
** A lot of old gangster movie tropes are overturned. Policework Police work isn't an avenue for redemption redemption, but a line of work. Costigan's desire for redeeming his family name [[spoiler:ends up getting him killed, Sullivan sees the Law Enforcement law enforcement as a cynical career move, and betrays his criminal allies not out of moral outrage but to cover his tracks]]. As for the Church and reforming priests trying to reform criminals a la ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'', here they are pedophiles who get blackmailed by an AxCrazy sleazebag mob boss. Likewise, most of the problems happen because the Staties, Boston PD and the FBI fail to collaborate with each other and screw over each other rather than do what they are supposed to do.



* DirtyCop: Sullivan. Ironically, he's not very well liked within the department because everyone thinks that he's using his ''squeaky clean record'' ([[ProfessionalButtKisser and a whole lot of asskissing]]) to get ahead. In a way, Costigan is technically one of these given that he is sent to prison on a trumped-up assault charge so that he can have an official criminal record and street cred before infiltrating Costello's crew, given his family's background.

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* DirtyCop: Colin Sullivan. Ironically, he's not very well liked within the department because everyone thinks that he's using his ''squeaky clean record'' ([[ProfessionalButtKisser and a whole lot of asskissing]]) to get ahead. In a way, Costigan is technically one of these given that he is sent to prison on a trumped-up assault charge so that he can have an official criminal record and street cred before infiltrating Costello's crew, given his family's background.



* FeedTheMole: In order to find the rat at SUI, Billy tells Dignam to slip the info about cameras being installed at Costello's place: "Flush it down the pipe, see if it comes out on my end."

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* FeedTheMole: In order to find the rat at SUI, Billy Costigan tells Dignam to slip the info about cameras being installed at Costello's place: "Flush it down the pipe, see if it comes out on my end."



--> '''Costello''': Cops and criminals. The way I see it is when they point a loaded gun on your head, what's the difference?

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--> '''Costello''': Cops and When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. The way I see it Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when they point you're facing a loaded gun on your head, gun, what's the difference?



* ThreeVolleyFlinch: One of the ways we can tell that one character is a hard-hearted sociopath is that he's the only person who ''doesn't'' flinch at the sound of the guns at the police funeral.

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* ThreeVolleyFlinch: One of the ways we can tell that one character Sullivan is a hard-hearted sociopath is that he's the only person who ''doesn't'' flinch at the sound of the guns at the police funeral.
26th Mar '17 8:32:16 PM creader
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!! This film provides examples of:

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* CaliforniaDoubling: [[BigApplesauce New York]] stands in for Boston in some scenes.
** In ''most'' scenes ... Scorsese wanted to shoot in Boston, but there were issues, and New York offered a tax credit, so they only shot in Boston for a week to use scenery that was identifiably Boston.
** However, due to the success of the film and the academy awards it earned, a 25% tax credit was created for filmmaking in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Subsequent films that take place in Boston, like ''Film/TheTown'', have hence been shot on location, and several films that are set elsewhere have been made in Massachusetts.
10th Mar '17 1:04:20 AM HBarnill
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--> Frank Costello: (after shooting a woman) She fell funny.

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--> Frank Costello: '''Frank Costello''': (after shooting a woman) She fell funny.
10th Mar '17 1:03:47 AM HBarnill
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* BlackComedy: A lot of what Costello is this:
--> Frank Costello: (after shooting a woman) She fell funny.
27th Feb '17 12:26:41 PM JulianLapostat
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* EvilCounterpart: Sullivan to Costigan. At one point, they even wear practically identical clothing.

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* EvilCounterpart: Sullivan to Costigan. At one point, they even wear practically identical clothing. Sullivan was a poor orphan and sees Costello as his ParentalSubstitute (albeit an abusive one[[note]]"Is that what you think this is about, all that fucking and no kids?"[[/note]]) and sees his infiltration into the FBI as a chance to be the SocialClimber, Billy on the other is born into a slightly well-off family with mob-connections and sees joining the police as a way to prove that he's different from his family, [[BeingGoodSucks which he can only do by parlaying his family's reputation by infiltrating Costello's outfit as a police mole]].
27th Feb '17 11:55:36 AM futuremoviewriter
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** Could arguably be a BittersweetEnding. A lot of good people ''did'' die, but [[spoiler:all the bad people did too]]. A major theme of the movie involves those confined to the life they're forced to live given freedom and release by death. [[spoiler:Colin's life has gotten so miserable as a result of his actions by the end of the movie that when Dignam shows up at his apartment, it becomes crystal clear that the only thing left that Colin wants is to die and die he does.]]

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** Could arguably be a BittersweetEnding. A lot of good people ''did'' die, but [[spoiler:all the bad people did too]]. A major theme of the movie involves those confined to the life they're forced to live given freedom and release by death. [[spoiler:Colin's life has gotten so miserable as a result of his actions by the end of the movie that when Dignam shows up at his apartment, it becomes crystal clear that the only thing left that Colin wants is to die and die he does.]]]] Before that, it's also hinted that [[spoiler:Colin felt guilty about Billy getting killed and his recommending him for the Medal of Merit was also to give everything Billy worked and died for meaning]].
27th Feb '17 11:52:33 AM futuremoviewriter
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** Could arguably be a BittersweetEnding. A lot of good people ''did'' die, but [[spoiler:all the bad people did too]]. A major theme of the movie involves those confined to the life they're forced to live given freedom and release by death. [[spoiler:Colin's life has gotten so miserable as a result of his actions by the end of the movie that when Dignam shows up at his apartment, it becomes crystal clear that the only thing left that Colin wants is to die and die he does.]]
27th Feb '17 11:35:30 AM futuremoviewriter
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* AntiHero: Costigan is mostly a PragmaticHero. He participates in some pretty bad shit and is certainly a real badass.

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* AntiHero: Costigan Billy is mostly a PragmaticHero. He participates in some pretty bad shit and is certainly a real badass.badass.
* AntiVillain: Colin is clearly about either serving Costello's interests because he was groomed to do so or eventually [[spoiler:protecting himself from exposure]]. It becomes clear later on though that his guilt over his actions begins to eat him alive.
27th Feb '17 11:32:07 AM futuremoviewriter
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In Boston, Massachusetts, notorious [[TheIrishMob Irish Mob]] boss Frank Costello takes neighborhood boy Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) under his wing, and grooms him to be his informant within the Massachusetts State Police. Sullivan rises through the rank and file to get himself placed on an investigation unit that is working to bring down Costello.

Meanwhile, Billy Costigan, Jr. (Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]) is seeking to become a cop, despite the fact that he comes from a family that has a very disreputable past and numerous ties to organized crime. His interviewers eventually decide, when Costigan refuses to be intimidated out of dropping out of the academy, to arrange for him to go to prison on a trumped-up assault charge, giving him a criminal record and street cred so that he can infiltrate Costello's crew. When both sides of the law realize the situation, both Sullivan and Costigan attempt to discover the other mole's true identity before being found out.

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In Boston, Massachusetts, notorious [[TheIrishMob Irish Mob]] boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) takes neighborhood boy Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) under his wing, and grooms him to be his informant within the Massachusetts State Police. Sullivan Colin rises through the rank and file to get himself placed on an investigation unit that is working to bring down Costello.

Meanwhile, Billy Costigan, Jr. (Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]) is seeking to become a cop, despite the fact that he comes from a family that has a very disreputable past and numerous ties to organized crime. His interviewers eventually decide, when Costigan Billy refuses to be intimidated out of dropping out of the academy, to arrange for him to go to prison on a trumped-up assault charge, giving him a criminal record and street cred so that he can infiltrate Costello's crew. When both sides of the law realize the situation, both Sullivan Colin and Costigan Billy attempt to discover the other mole's true identity before being found out.
13th Feb '17 11:14:35 AM HBarnill
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->''"Francis, it's a nation of fucking rats."''

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->''"Francis, it's ->''"When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a nation of fucking rats."''
loaded gun, what's the difference?"''
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