Finally, Hollywood has turned out a strong movie adaptation of an online  multiplayer role-playing game.

The Forty-Second Bureau

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Directed by Joss Whedon.
Written by Joss Whedon, Annalee Newitz, and Neil Gaiman

Kevin Smith as Dave
Samuel L. Jackson as Fiziko
Adam Baldwin as Hitch
Michael Rosenbaum as Timeshredder
David Prowse as theangrymob
Shia LeBeouf as AceCaseOr
Orlando Bloom as Eldhrin
Dennis Hopper as Dr. Charbidis
Mark Hamill as Chad
Zachary Quinto as y42
Angelina Jolie as TechnoGirl
Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro
Criss Angel as GrimSean
James Callis as octa
John Hodgman as TwistyHat
Justin Long as jayhawk88
William Shatner as J_W_W
Tomohisa Yamashita as tsunayoshi
Alyson Hannigan as MsJaye
Alan Moore as UncleJam
Turhan Bey as Fez
Ellen Page as Singularity Girl

Full Cast and Crew information is available at the imdb


When an evil scientist unleashes an army of killer spambots, a band of superheroes who have hitherto only known each other through an online social networking site must join forces to save the world.

High Points:

1. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

2. The first appearance of the Bureaumobile, emerging on the icing-coated freeway at night.

3. The return of TechnoGirl.

Low Points:

1. Several key members of Bureau42 were left out of the film.

2. The score generally works, but the theme seriously needs work.

3. What? Solar radiation increases molecular density and allows you to fly?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6. This represents an original take on the “team of heroes learn to get together for the greater good” concept, with a cool villain. Certain aspects of the conclusion borrow rather heavily from the works of both Jodi Lipper and Benjamin Nugent

Effects: 6/6. The flying camel scene was especially impressive, and they handled themob’s many heads effectively.

Story: 6/6: This may be the greatest superheroic adventure since the first installment of Star Wars.

Acting: 5/6: The cast give top-drawer performances. First-time actor Alan Moore is memorable as a crazed but lovable genius. I could have done without Brittney Spear’s rather silly cameo as Fiz’s girlfriend.

Production: 6/6. The Bureaumobile should become the hit toy of the next holiday season.

Emotional Response: 5/6. I laughed. I cried. The guy next to me wet his pants, which wasn’t so cool.

Overall: 6/6.

In total, The Forty-Second Bureau receives 37/42.