Well, I take my word back. Leonardo may have acted pretty well in Blood Diamond. I just finished watching Half Nelson. Leo’s acting in Blood Diamond (or Departed) is almost nothing compared to Ryan Gosling’s lead role. It was simply awesome.
Makes my wait for the Last King of Scotland even more exciting. If Whitaker’s is *the* performance of 2006, I would like to see how he betters Ryan, for he was almost perfect. Full marks to the director, even a two scene character — the ex-girlfried — acted so well. What detailing!!
The movie was obviously shot with a minuscule budget, from the lighting and camera work it appears so. But in terms of content it is very rich. A must watch in any scale. BTW, it is about a peculiar friendship that develops between a school student and a drug-addicted teacher in a junior school.