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The Departed
OK, so I just watched The Departed for the first time - rented via Amazon Unbox on my TiVo - and I thought it was a good movie. The last bit was a bit... harsh shall we say. But it is Scorsese picture, so I wasn't expecting unicorns and rainbows. But it left me with one question:

At the end, when Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) shoots Colin (Matt Damon) - was it because he was yet another mole for Costello (Jack Nicholson), or because he was actually a 'good' cop and he was meting out justice for Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio)?

I tend to think it is the latter, and that Madolyn (Vera Farmiga) tipped Dignam off, and that was probably what was in the envelop Billy left with her.

Hmm, I think I need to track down Infernal Affairs - the Hong Kong movie this was based on.

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chemical_pocky From: chemical_pocky Date: April 2nd, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
At the end, when Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) shoots Colin (Matt Damon) - was it because he was yet another mole for Costello (Jack Nicholson), or because he was actually a 'good' cop and he was meting out justice for Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio)?

I don't recall this scene even being in Infernal Affairs. But I think he was more avenging Capt. Queenan's death after Madolyn gave him the tapes.

Tidbit: In Infernal Affairs, there were actually 2 women...Madolyn is a combination of them.
sleet01 From: sleet01 Date: April 2nd, 2007 05:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
In fact, there were three women; they were all combined into one in, I think, an acceptable streamlining by Scorsese.

I read it the same way as Pocky: Dignam wouldn't avenge Billy, who he would see as a subordinate who died in the line of duty at best and a liability at worst, but was intensely loyal to Queenan, the man he probably saw as a father figure (ironically, much like Billy).

I discussed the different endings with some of my coworkers who grew up in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan and we agreed that the endings were appropriate to their target audiences. Without revealing any more, I would say that Infernal Affairs' finale has a lot more impact to a Buddhist / Confucionist culture, while The Departed finished up in the most satisfying way for Americans. When compared within their settings, I think each one has equal merit.
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