Irish Guys Can be Goodfellas Two! One of the delights of this film are the interlocking storylines of Irish Mafia / Irish Cops and the way the characters and families walk the line between the two. This is a definitely a "Boy" movie and top notch boys they are - Nicholson hovering above the proceedings like some perverse angel, Di Caprio and Damon metaphysically slugging it out within themselves and with each other. and Wahlberg, Sheen and the always weirdly hilarious Alec Baldwin filling in the margins seemlessly. Wahlberg notes special praise for his most creative use of swearing and put downs. It bordered on poetry, seriously.
This is highly entertaining and tightly directed. My feeling is there was about 10 minutes of editing that could heve been done somewhere to move things along and there is a bit of confusion down the stretch, but overall I can't remember when I have been so sucked int a world like I was here.
If you like Scorcese or even if you don't - go. You won't be disappointed.
Great intrigue, suspense, betrayal... But most of all, this film can be very, very violent, with some pretty graphic imagery. However, this film more than makes up for it with it's well developed characters who are all hiding from each other, one way or another. Definitely worth seeing in the theater.
The story involves two newly graduated state troopers in Boston. One is recruited by a special unit to go undercover with the city's most notorious gang boss, while the other turns out to have been recruited by just that man to infiltrate the troopers. With two moles, each trying to find and evade each other, the lies, distrust, and tension increase.
While it stars Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson, other great characters in this movie were played by Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, and Mark Walhberg (who is actually getting pretty good at acting. finally.)