Boston Massacre

‘THE DEPARTED'

I feel like an ingrate about The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s latest. Scripted by William Monahan, this is a cops-and-robbers melodrama that contains everything you want in a thriller: riveting action, sufficiently believable characters, steamy sex, a plot with entertaining twists, and a colorful milieu (Irish Americans in South Boston) rendered with zesty detail. So what’s not to like? Well...though this is a movie crammed with good things, it’s also a movie...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.