90 Years, 9 Days: ‘The Departed’ (2006)

In the grand scheme of Martin Scorsese’s career, “The Departed” occupies a strange place in the director’s filmography. It’s the one he won for, definitely not his best — and if you ask some people — far from his best. The director’s remake of the Hong Kong crime thriller “Infernal Affairs,” despite winning Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Director at the 2007 Academy Awards, has failed, in many ways, to earn respect on its own merits.

One of the more ironic achievements of “The Departed” actually occurred in the year’s following its release. The success of the Boston-set crime drama kicked off a wave of similar movies set in Massachusetts, many of which also starred Mark Wahlberg. “The Departed” essentially created the Boston crime drama, the genre that would employ Afflecks and Wahlbergs for years to come, but the Scorsese film is the best of the bunch.

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