Lemme wipe my hands first, because I was clenching my hands so tight while watching this movie. The film is so intense, I was also grinding my teeth so loud, people in the cinema shushed me. But because I already watched the original Hongkong movie, The Infernal Affairs, I'll review this movie in a fresh start. Let's just say this movie is a bit different from the original.
Boston Police Department places Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) deep undercover in Irish-American mob, run by violent Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is his right hand, has signed on to join the Special Police Force. His plan is to leak police information back to the mob. During the botched operation, each side becomes aware that they have a leak. Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Yes, I'm gonna use my Boston accent from now on and calling this movie 'DHE DEPHATED'. That's how thick the accent from these incredible actors that portrays the characters. Which I'm thankful, because it's great to hear new things beside the usual Hollywood-so-called-accent. This film is a remake from the original Hongkong movie, Infernal Affairs starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung. I have to say, I think the original is better. But the remake is a bit different, so I won't even compare it per se. There are some plots and characters that remain the same from the original, but they managed to build the suspension from fresh. It is an Americanized version from the original Hongkong. Different taste, different substance, and maybe different film altogether. I can safely say; it's a same difference. Martin Scorsese is focused on the story of trust and betrayal and self-identity.
Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio counterbalance each other perfectly, managing to show two side of the same coin, enemies defined by the same dilemma. So probably it also represent the same thing with the movie itself; the original versus the remake. Jack Nicholson scared the shite outta me. His performance as mobster Frank Costello is down right scary, I kinda freaked out about it. There are some scenes that were so intense, I had to bite my nails off. I hardly done that, unless the movie really consumes me. I mean, I cannot explain the lingering feeling and I had goosebumps watching Jack Nicholson. Another great performance coming from Mark Whalberg as Detective Digman. He's coming back to his Bostonian roots, same as Matt Damon. I think he's getting better and better. I'd say that this movie is one of the best Martin Scorsese's films, and better than The Goodfellas but still below Casino. Maybe because it is not a narrative style kind of movie. It's good, tense, comparative with the original, and I had a good time.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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