Wow, what a movie! Whom should we credit this brilliant piece of work to? Is it Martin Scorsese, or the writers, or the brilliant actors who delivered the movie?
Destiny had other plans for two young cadets who graduate from the Police Academy together. Caprio's character, Billy Costigan, comes from a family of crooks, and holds a bad track record. He tries to find salvation to his family's history by being forced to work as an undercover and infiltrate the Irish mafia, headed by Costello (Jack Nicholson). The other cop, an opportunist, the greedy Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) under Costello's shield, is rising to great heights in the Police department, and acts as Costello's informer.
A game of deception, trust, betrayal, and bloodshed ensues when the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia sniff a rat in their midst.
The film is a racy thriller and keeps you on your toes from right through to the end. I loved De Caprio's performance, very casually powerful, very human. Needless to say, Jack Nicholson, is one heck of an actor. You cannot but love to hate Matt Damon in the movie.
The entire cast played their part to perfection. It is certainly not a family entertainer. The movie enjoys a heavy dose of violence and profanity. But a tightly articulated screenplay with Pink FLoyd's Comfortably Numb, makes it a great package well worth your time.