Frank Costello: When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?
This is the final film for The Aj/Cinephile Project and director, Martin Scorsese's eighth appearance in this outstanding cinematic experience. Like The Town and Mystic River, Boston plays an integral role in the film as it blends perfectly with the theme - which focuses on crime and police corruption infused with the Irish mob.
The casting was excellent with an array of impressive actors which includes - Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson. Everyone of them played their characters exceptionally well especially DiCaprio, Damon, Wahlberg and Nicholson - whose performance as Irish Mob boss Frank Costello was fantastic.
Though the screenplay was based on the Honk Kong film Internal Affairs, William Monahan wrote a well crafted script, mercilessly brilliant. Well shot, well edited and great use of cast and location, Scorsese brought his A-game here, winning four Academy Awards in the process (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Filming Editing).
Scorsese is truly one of the greatest directors ever!
PS: The final scene that shows a rat outside on Sullivan's (Matt Damon) balcony is epic.