FILMS FROM THE 21st CENTURY
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Martin Scorsese's ruthless crime film about rats, moles and double crosses is a very tense drama that is full of too many plot twists to name and finally gave Scorsese an overdue Academy Award. But let us not forget that The Departed is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs.
I watched these films back to back and it is interesting to notice the differences. The Departed is about an hour longer than Infernal Affairs, so it does have more time to flesh out the characters. Infernal Affairs doesn't go into nearly the details of the origin story and practically avoids the romantic sub-plot we see in The Departed all together. But it is interesting to compare the scenes taken from the original and placed in the Scorsese film: two hoods talking about how to spot a cop, a sting that goes wrong because of the mole warning the crime boss ahead of time, confessions to the lady psychiatrist and both the rooftop scenes. There also is no real equivalent of Mark Wahlberg's Dingham character in Infernal Affairs.
I would probably choose The Departed if I had to choose a preference between the two because of the additional character development in the screenplay of Oscar winner William Monahan.
But why choose? Have a party and watch them both!