Cartoon Network: Ben 10 Alien Swarm
THE ALIEN SWARM IS UPON US! Our world is threatened with an imminent invasion from a swarming alien menace. And there is only one hero brave enough, smart enough and tough enough to fight back - Ben Tennyson! But when Ben teams up with an outsider, he breaks rank with Gwen, Kevin and Max and risks losing against the toughest enemy he has ever faced. The stakes are high and the action is intense as Ben fights to protect our planet from the Alien Swarm!
The live-action feature Ben 10: Alien Swarm
is a solid and action-packed addition to the animated series' growing universe, and a definite improvement over the previous feature, 2007's Ben 10: Race Against Time
. Ryan Kelley takes over as Ben, who here contends with both an army of living, parasitic microchips and a former crush (Alyssa Diaz) whose missing father has a connection to both the chips and Ben's grandpa/boss, Max (Barry Corbin). Alex Winter returns as director and producer, and he's clearly enjoying the increased budget (as evidenced by the improved special effects, a major stumbling block for Race Against Time
) and more serious script; the result remains faithful to the Ben 10
mythology while capably holding its own as enjoyable, family-friendly tween sci-fi entertainment. The widescreen DVD includes a very lightweight behind-the-scenes featurette that clocks in at under three minutes, and a video for the single "A Little Faster" by There for Tomorrow. --Paul Gaita