David Bordwell on 'Infernal Affairs' and 'The Departed'
"Infernal Affairs or The Departed?" Surely a question to stir up the excitable fanboy and pseudo-savvy filmgoing buzz-word-dropper. And despite the fact that I happen to really like Infernal Affairs and have yet to see The Departed, I think it's the type of comparison that rarely produces anything other than opportunities to display a (lacking) knowledge of cinema. In fact, I think the main reason people generally trash Nolan's reworking of Insomnia has nothing to do with the film at all, but that the original is Norwegian and by 'preferring' it they can dip into the international well of film that seems to elude so many.
That said, Hong Kong cinema expert David Bordwell makes some interesting points about each film that go beyond fanboy excitement and EWeekly predictability.
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