The Departed follows the story of three protagonists who all intertwine with each other in one way or another multiple times throughout the film. The first is an undercover cop who is working for a gang, trying to bust them. The second is a slightly elder man who is the leader of this gang and the third is a long time friend of the gang leader who is also a mole in the police department. All three of them are trying to discover the other's identity in this thrilling and shocking film.
The Departed is full of tension towards the finale of the film. Nearly the whole way through the film I was on the edge of my seat, but in the final act of the film I was essentially off it. The tension that was already in the film goes up a knot for the final act and was full of intense and jaw dropping moments that left me begging for more. The tension really helps to create an uneven and disturbing atmosphere that forced me to forget all assumptions I previously had about the film, which is a very positive thing indeed.
The screenplay for the film is top notch. The Departed features one of the most thrilling, gripping and well written screenplays I've ever seen. It does tend to get a bit long at times, but this was very rare. Especially since the screenplay kicks back into action soon after a slow scene. The screenplay allowed for a lot of shocking twists and some amazing dialogue that's on the standards of a Tarantino film (he is one of my favourite writers and delivers amazing dialogue).
The three main actors do an amazing job in the film. Jack Nicholson plays the gang leader and he gives a jaw droopingly sensation performance that is one of his finest works and that's saying something. Leonardo DiCaprio also plays the undercover cop and he too does great in his role. I have seen finer from him, but that doesn't mean he was bad at all; he was great. Finnaly for Matt Damon who plays the mole in the police force.
There are a lot of awesome twists towards the end of the film. The final act of the film is without a doubt the best part of the whole film. I can't narrow it down to just one particular scene as it was all amazing and jaw dropping. The final act had various unexpected and out of the blue twists that had me speechless. This was of course due to the amazing screenplay as I've mentioned earlier.
To sum up The Departed is a tension filled and jaw dropping film with a top notch screenplay delivered by amazing acting which makes this another Scorsese classic.