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The DepartedMartin Scorsese
Eastwood Cinema 3
1705 - 15 October 2006Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.
Stressful - this was how a friend of mine described the film, and I have to agree. If you expect to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching The Departed, I'm telling you now - it won't happen.
You don't really watch this movie as much as you get lost in the narrative. If you've ever injured your hand, you may, at some point, wince in pain. At the very least, partly due to the length of the movie, you will fidget in your seat. You could find yourself cursing as much as the characters onscreen. You will definitely gasp, and you could very well laugh out loud. The one thing you will not do, at least not for very long, is relax.
If you want to relax, go get a massage, grab a beer, sleep, or basically do anything but watch The Departed. On the other hand, if you want to forget where you are and get lost for a few hours, if you want to get caught in a gripping narrative, and if you don't mind getting a bit stressed out in the process, grab yourself a ticket. I did it - and I wouldn't mind doing it again.