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eckozz 03-22-2009 02:26 PM

The rat at the end of The Departed symbolizes what?
 
So i was watching The departed on TV last night, absolutely incredible movie. Anyway at the very and after Matt damon gets shot , i noticed a rat on top of a building out of the window. This is obviously a symbol/hidden meaning for something and I want to know what its for. I am terrible at finding hidden meanings in things, but my guess is its a message for something to do with the rat came out on top, or got away. Because in the scene we see the rat walk away out of the picture. Does anyone know what this actually is a symbol for???

jeevo 03-22-2009 02:28 PM

It's a slight nod from Martin Scorsese to director Brett RATner.

Falco 03-22-2009 02:29 PM

haha

Jaws 03-22-2009 02:30 PM

...

The whole movie is about "rats".

KillSwitch2 03-22-2009 02:31 PM

It symbolizes the rats in the movie. Jesus..

Six 03-22-2009 02:32 PM

It symbolizes how symbolism can sometimes be too on the nose.

Single-Serving Friend 03-22-2009 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evil Prevails
It symbolizes how symbolism can sometimes be too on the nose.

...unless it's used to make you laugh.

Which in this case...it does.

eckozz 03-22-2009 02:35 PM

oh the whole movie is about rats? thanks for pointing that one out i had no clue at all

KillSwitch2 03-22-2009 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Single-Serving Friend
...unless it's used to make you laugh.

Which in this case...it does.

Speak for yourself, it just made me roll my eyes. Unnecessary.

Joss Whedon 03-22-2009 02:36 PM

I read this in a blog, hope it helps.
Quote:

Originally Posted by http://screenplayscience.com/movie-analysis-blog/insert-rat-pun-here.html
OK, not really, but it is pretty strange to blog about the awful and heavy-handed symbolism of the rat in The Departed and then to see the same damn thing just a few weeks later in an otherwise stupendously good BBC production from seventeen years ago. And when I say “the same damn thing”, I mean that literally. In The Departed, Scorcese put up a huge neon sign saying “CORRUPTION HERE!” with a big blinking arrow pointing right at the government by having a rat run up and across a railing with the Massachusetts State House in the background


Crowley Christ 03-22-2009 02:39 PM

I think it symbolizes the journey of Mr. Lemmiwinks and how it relates to life as a whole.

http://mcneillr.files.wordpress.com/...lemmiwinks.jpg

eckozz 03-22-2009 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joss Whedon
I read this in a blog, hope it helps.

ty , i didnt realize that building was a government building, and that deffinately makes alot more sense then "it symbolizes the rats in the movie... duh" ahhah retard whoever said that

Conductor 71 03-22-2009 02:43 PM

It symbolizes the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88.

Master King Sexington 03-22-2009 02:47 PM

Let's take the time hear to examine what a rat really is. It's got a tail, possibly for grabbing things, like the truth. It's got big ears, for hearing through all the lies. It can reach out and sift through garbage and grab that which will nourish it's body and soul and those dark black eyes hide nothing within their honesty. So underneath that shaggy gray fur, aren't well all rats? Deep down? Think about it.

Ned Rifle 03-22-2009 02:48 PM

The rat symbolises obviousness.

Bronco67 03-22-2009 02:48 PM

If you know that it symbolizes something, then you should be able to figure out what it means, given the plot of the movie.

Are you just trying to see how smart we are compared to you?

Feydakin 03-22-2009 02:49 PM

The end of the world.

Ghost 03-22-2009 02:50 PM

Worst part of the movie IMO. Completely unecessary.

Cozy 03-22-2009 02:50 PM

I think Saw 5 had that crappy dialogue scene for people like eckozz.

Sinizine 03-22-2009 02:51 PM

The rat's not even the important part of the shot, but rather what Matt Damon's character chose as his view in his apartment.

Master King Sexington 03-22-2009 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Feydakin

I love Derrick Comedy.

eckozz 03-22-2009 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bronco67
If you know that it symbolizes something, then you should be able to figure out what it means, given the plot of the movie.

Are you just trying to see how smart we are compared to you?

maybe u missed the part where i said im bad at finding hidden meanings, and dont trust myself for them to be correct because im often wrong and want other peoples oppinions?

Abe Fromer 03-22-2009 02:55 PM

I used to think the rat was supposed to mean everyone's dirty, the whole city's infested.
Which, come to think of it, is not so different from the consensus opinion.

gus963 03-22-2009 02:56 PM

I think Monahan has said it's like the clown coming out at the end of old Shakespeare plays and laughing at the audience. Same thing here he said.

Or something along those lines.

KillSwitch2 03-22-2009 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eckozz
ty , i didnt realize that building was a government building, and that deffinately makes alot more sense then "it symbolizes the rats in the movie... duh" ahhah retard whoever said that

it still does, and some would say you're the retard for not realizing it was a gov building in the first place. Hearing your thoughts on the symbolism in a movie like Blade Runner or 2001 would be quite interesting I think

MrShepherd 03-22-2009 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wankenstein Funkhausen
The rat symbolises obviousness.


Cry-Baby Walker 03-22-2009 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wankenstein Funkhausen
The rat symbolises obviousness.

That's one of the better Simpsons episodes of late.


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