Oscar Worthy Gadgets: Technology in The Departed

The Departed is not only an Oscar nominated action-packed film with some of the greatest actors of our time, but it is also a gadget-packed movie featuring some of the most advanced technology of our time! Here is a shot from a sting set up, where the police are equipped with high-tech laptops and headphones to help them combat Jack Nicholson's organized crime ring. Some interesting techie tidbits: When Colin Sullivan, played by Matt Damon, is switching Sim cards in the phone booth, he is using a Sprint RL7400 cell phone, which doesn't actually use Sim cards in real life.
Also when Colin uses Captain Queenan's phone (played by Martin Sheen), the close-up shows the blood transferring from his finger to the left side of the talk button but the wide shot shows the blood on the right side. One last thing - try watching the movie again and pay close attention to the recording of cell phone conversations. Near the beginning Nicholson puts something into his cell phone. Turns out this must have been the device used to record the conversations. To watch a phone clip from the movie, just read more

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