Ok, here are the things I liked about The Departed: Leonardo DeCaprio's acting. I also liked the basic premise, at least I think I would have in another movie. In this movie, it took me two hours to figure out what the damned premise was.
I blame the director.
To start with, the acting was just plain awful. AWFUL. We're hardly talking a B level cast here either. Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg have all given stunning performances in other films. It was like a bad day in sophmore acting class. I probably would have liked Mark Wahlberg's acting if he had done something beside shout (as my daughter once said, shouting is not an emotion). I would have liked Matt Damon if he had spent more time on the accent (OHVAHDONE), and I probably would have liked Jack Nicholson's acting if he had been in another movie entirely. I think he read a single line that sounded authentic, and to be honest, it was terrific. That has got to be the director, no? Then... the story was disjointed, you couldn't tell who was what or what they were doing or why they were doing it, and the dialog was so bad it was embarassing. I can't believe I blew that kind of cash for that level of film.