52 – The Departed (2006)

Take that, old man.

Take that, old man.

The departed is based on a Japanese film called Infernal Affairs that was also on the list some time ago.The Departed is one of them films that seems to be almost perfect,for me anyways. We have some excellent casting and Di Capri-Sun gives a descent performance as a cop that has gone so far under cover now doubts who he really is.Leo did a few good films on the trot:Shutter Island,Inception and this.He’s really coming into his own and picking the films right for him.I noticed during the credits that Brad Pitt was one of the producers and found it a bit strange that he wasn’t in it.Maybe he could have played Damons character just as well as him but i don’t know if he could have pulled off the whole Boston thing.The plot isn’t a complex one,a crook has a guy on the inside – a cop and the cops have a guy on the inside pretending to be a crook.And it’s a game of cat and mouse(rat) for each of them to find out who the other is.It’s interesting how each informer is trying to give information to their superiors without being spotted or caught.The final minutes of the film make for some plot twists and there are a few differences here between this version and the Asian one.I noticed a continuity error too,watch when Fitzy hands his ‘cittizins’ envelope to Di Capri-Sun.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SCORSESE NAILS IT.SOUNDTRACK IS BANG ON TOO.

210 – Infernal Affairs (2002)

Fuck! Me car!

Fuck! Me car!

For anyone who has seen The Departed this is the original.And for the most part it’s a scene by scene remake.There are a few parts that were added to the U.S. version to make it more commercial and appealing to the general audience;few back stories , more tits , more drugs and more deaths.But trim it all away and it’s all the same.I preferred the departed but mainly because i new who was who in the beginning.The trouble with the Chinese version is the everyone looks the same so it takes a while before you recognise who’s who.If you haven’t seen The departed then see this first,wait a few weeks then watch it.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NOT IF YOU’VE SEEN THE DEPARTED
OVERALL     –  GOOD STORY FOR A 10 YEAR OLD FILM.