In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover?Written by
During the scene where Ray Winstone (Mr. French) is throwing firecrackers the song Baby Blue by Badfinger can be heard in the background. This song was also used in the final scene of the television series Breaking Bad. See more »
When we see Frank Costello addresses young Colin in the auto shop, a shot from the back shows a cigarette in his mouth. In the next shot of him from the front, his cigarette is gone. See more »
[during a conference briefing about Costello and his crew, referring to microprocessors ]
Yes, those. I don't know what they are, you don't know what they are, who gives a fuck.
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The title doesn't appear on screen until nearly 20 minutes into the movie. See more »
In India, the film was given an A (adults only) certificate after the visual of Frank Costello holding a dildo was deleted. This change is visible in the Hindi dubbed VCD which shows a slight frame jump. See more »
Definitely the the type of movie that makes it worth going to the theater. Very intense action and violence, twisting plot, lot's of misdirection.
The story line is a bit overly whelming at times, this isn't a good movie to watch if you're tired and follow the action, the double crosses and the sometimes confusing who's who of the movie, but if you can just remember the basic characters the minor twists won't be too confusing.
While it's certainly not a love story, there is that element, with a bit of a morality play going the whole time.
I can't make some of the statements I'd like to make because I really try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but I'll say that I enjoyed the movie even though had I been in charge it may have ended differently...
All that said, if you like a thriller that has some rough and tough violence and a plot with a few twists and turns this film would be one I'd recommend to you.
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