Note: I haven’t seen the original film.
Many years ago, I watched Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear and hated it. I have no idea if that teenage opinion is valid, but I think the experience scarred me for a long time, and so I avoided this remake. (Also, I didn’t like the previous two films he made.)
But, if Hollywood is going to remake a film, this is probably how to do it. (Though I say this in ignorance.) Scorsese’s rather incredible skill as a director is fully on hand here, as he deftly handles the two competing stars and their plot threads, and a plot that could come off as preposterous or ridiculous. The casting is also stellar: obviously the ensemble is excellent but one of the two young stars successfully plays against type – a risky move for him, but it pays off as it makes the character more sympathetic and gives the movie more depth.
I am writing this two weeks after I watched the film, so it’s not so fresh in my mind. But while watching it, I felt like it was yet another crash course in direction from Scorsese.
- Directed by Martin Scorsese
- Produced by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Graham King
- Screenplay by William Monahan, Based on Infernal Affairs by Alan Mak, Felix Chong
- Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy
- Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan
- Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello
- Mark Wahlberg as Dignam
- Martin Sheen as Queenan
- Ray Winstone as Mr. French
- Vera Farmiga as Madolyn
- Anthony Anderson as Trooper Brown
- Alec Baldwin as Ellerby
- Kevin Corrigan as Cousin Sean
- James Badge Dale as Trooper Barrigan
- David O’Hara as Fitzy
- Mark Rolston as Delahunt
- Robert Wahlberg as Lazio – FBI
- Kristen Dalton as Gwen
- Music by Howard Shore
- Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus
- Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker
- Production companies: Warner Bros., Plan B Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment, Media Asia Films
- Distributed by Warner Bros.
- Release date: September 26, 2006
- Running time: 151 minutes
- Country: United States
- Language: English
- Budget: $90 million
Box office: $291.5 million