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According to this analysis on CrimeTV.com: The Massachusetts State House is featured in the film as a symbol of Colin Sullivan's ambition. This view is echoed in the Pacific Northwest Inlander article "Bloody Entanglements": Damon manages to convey an astounding amount of information in scenes where he doesn't even speak. From the way he sits ...


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The Departed stands as a honorable and respectful way to refer to those who have passed away. As correctly explained in the first line by coleopterist. In the movie, every action and consequence happens due to the death of somoneone, or because someone has departed. The first scene and character, Collin Sullivan is introduced to Crime and Frank because he ...


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You’re right. He wore the shoe covers, gloves, and a hair net to not leave traces behind, what is called “cross-contamination”. This just improves his chances of not getting caught. More info and pictures via here "Biological evidence requires care to guard against the possibility of cross contamination either by the investigator or by other ...


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Yes, which would make sense why Costello set up the Chinese gang with the fake microchips at the border. Since Costello should be constantly informing the FBI of the proceedings, they would have already the known the deal has gone bad. Also the fact that there is a surveillance camera blind spot so huge that both gangs could comfortably talk says a lot. In ...


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The Departed refers to death and the dead. The movie has plenty of both. When Costigan is at his mother's grave, he sees a wreath from Costello with a note reading, "Heaven holds the Faithful Departed". The phrase "faithful departed" appears to be used by Christians to refer to deceased members of their congregation. Considering the movie's plot dealing ...


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The box is a pure Macguffin. I've heard some theorize it contained the mobile phone he would go on to use, but I doubt this. Another theory is that it contains money, or at least something valuable to help him get started up - hence why Costello tells him he's earned it. Having said that, my own theory is that it is just something personal to Sullivan. It ...


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Billy (Di Caprio) called Trooper Brown and told him to meet him on the roof. He did this as Brown knew Billy from their time together in police training and that he could help verify that Billy was indeed an undercover agent. Brown shows up and finds Billy trying to arrest Colin. Its not made clear in the film as to how Barrigan (Franks other man on the ...


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The envelope's contents are never definitively explained in the film. However, it seems logical to assume it contains either evidence or at least an explanation of the truth - that Leo DiCaprio (i.e. Costigan) is the real good guy and Matt Damon (i.e. Sullivan) is the real bad guy. Earlier in the film, Sullivan's girlfriend Madolyn finds out the truth about ...



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