This week we have a guest reviewer, considering my complete mental meltdown and resulting inability to string words into sentences. Rob, the Siskel to my Ebert (sorry Roeper), will review The Departed in 70 1/2 words, but it is chock full of SPOILERS, so if you think you want to see this movie and you don't want to know what happens, then SKIP THIS NOW. Otherwise, you only have yourself to blame . . .
Rated R - for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong s*xual content, and drug material
Starring: Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin
LEO: He's a cop--a criminal--a cop--a criminal--a cop--HE'S DEAD
MATT: He's a criminal--a cop--a criminal--a cop--criminal--HE'S DEAD
JACK: Foul-mouthed Southie--a criminal--still a criminal--still a criminal--HE'S DEAD
MARTIN: He's a cop--a c-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH--HE'S DEAD
ALEC: He's surprisingly funny--and a cop--HE'S NOT DEAD
MARK: DON'T MESS WITH MARKY-MARK!
Enjoy your Oscar, Mr. Scorcese!
Editor's note: That's pretty much the whole thing, except without the language. Don't make the mistake that I made by putting the movie in at 9:30 pm without checking the running time. It's 2 hours and 31 minutes of gut-wrenching cat-and-mouse suspense, and it doesn't lend itself to slipping off into a peaceful slumber either. All that being said, we did enjoy the film, and we were very impressed by all of the performances. I've always liked Matt Damon, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio. And once again, it strikes me that the importance of a strong supporting cast cannot be overstated - hot guys only carry the film so far, even if they are good actors with washboard abs. If you can take a lot of violence (think Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan), and you can overlook about 2 hours of really bad language, then the plot and the actors will definitely pull you through.
The Mother Load Rating: 4 baskets (and no, I won't give everything 4 baskets, we're just on a roll with our movies!)