Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg
Martin Scorsese (Director), William Monahan (Screenplay), Alan Mak (Screenplay), Felix Chong (Screenplay)
Release: Oct. 5th, 2006
Runtime: 2 hours, 31 minutes
To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.
Why did Mark Wahlberg kill Matt Damon at the end? At first, I just assumed it was because he didn't like Matt Damon, and he found out he was the rat, which made him hate him more. Now, I'm wondering...
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someone is still left to kill Damon's character and give the film a "happy" ending, which I absolutely hate when it comes to this film because it seems like an easy way out for Damon's character, who is clearly so miserable by the end of the film that letting him live with his mistakes would seem to be the harsher punishment, but no.
The Boston setting in contrast to Scorsese's usual New York City stomping grounds (NYC has served as the backdrop for ten of his feature films from Mean Streets through Gangs of New York) is a nice change.