January 3, 2008
October 11, 2006
USA / Hong Kong
English / Cantonese
151 Minutes
Crime / Drama / Thriller
Martin Scorsese

Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How Far Will You Take It?

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Second Viewing:
…you know what? It doesn’t hold up as well as I’d hoped…Nicholson is ridiculously over-the-top…enough to just about ruin it…I’ve also now seen the Hong Kong original and I’m incredibly impressed by the screenwriting…how they took INFERNAL AFFAIRS and made it into this uniquely Boston-flavored film. The cast is so good that I’m pretty sure they could make any film work. DiCaprio, Damon, Wahlberg, Baldwin, Sheen. The love story is pretty cool, though probably a bit too coincidental. There are plot holes involving tapes, but the ride is still fun…

–2006 Oscar Winner for Best Picture; Director Martin Scorsese; Adapted Screenplay William Monahan; Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
–2006 Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor Mark Wahlberg


First Viewing October 11, 2006:

Powerhouse cast assembled to work for Scorsese. This is second only to Half Nelson on my year’s best.

Bullet Points:

–Ron Howard and Spielberg make me mad when the manipulate me, but Scorsese doesn’t.
–a simply breathtakingly exciting first hour.
–Edited perfectly, as usual, by Thelma Schoonmaker.
–Nicholson is the weak link, believe it or not.
–Alec Baldwin does more with little screen time than any other actor.
–Nice theme of masculinity throughout.

2006 Oscar Nominations:
~~Best Picture
~~Best Director for Martin Scorsese
~~Best Adapted Screenplay for William Monahan
~~Best Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker
~~Best Supporting Actor for Mark Wahlberg

8.5 Metacritic


8.6 Metacritic
8.6 IMDB
#41 IMDB


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Written by Michael W. Cummins