The Departed (2006)
Dir. Martin Scorcese
Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorcese), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Monahan), Best Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker)
Other nominees: Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
Boston has a rat problem. That of the vermin variety, yes, but also those of the snitch variety. Martin Scorcese’s 2006 crime drama, The Departed, depicts a Massachusetts State Police Department as crooked operators as the crime rings they try to disassemble. The film questions personal identity and its subjugation for personal desire, as told by two men working the circuit in 21st Century Boston – Billy Corrigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), an undercover cop posing as a thug in a crime ring, and Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), and undercover thug posing as a cop on a police force. The crime operation in question is run by a Frank Costello, a walking skeleton of human trash embodied with grace and a gut by Jack Nicholson.