Welcome to “The Overview,” a series of alternative film commentaries where the gang from from Overthinking It—the smartest, funniest pop culture site on the whole internet—watch and discuss their favorite movies in real time.
In this edition, we celebrate St. Patrick’s day, the great city of Boston, Mass., and criminality allsorts by discussing The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar®-winning crime drama, both loosely based on the life of a real Boston gangster and an adaptation of the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs.
When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church. 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 loaded gun, what’s the difference?
—Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), The Departed
Featuring universally excellent performances and sporadically excellent Boston accents from an all-star cast of Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and more, the film is a profoundly overthinkable meditation on identity, violence, and the broken bond between fathers and sons. So basically a Scorsese movie.
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