Ben 10: Alien Swarm



Teen hero takes on aliens in kid-friendly action flick.
  • Review Date: November 24, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ben must stand up to Grandpa Max and defy orders to help out a friend in trouble -- showing that sometimes you have to do what you know is right, even when it's hard or complicated.

Positive role models

Ben and his fellow Plumbers willingly risk their lives for the sake of the planet, though they don't always agree with each other as they're doing so. Ben's cousin Gwen is a strong female character.


Several fight scenes involving superpowers and alien brawling, but the action is relatively tame overall.


Very mild flirting and a few chaste kisses on the cheek.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this live-action film based on the popular Ben 10 animated series follows the adventures of a secret team that combats evil alien invaders. Hero Ben Tennyson is older here than in the last live-action Ben 10 movie, but Alien Swarm is still clearly aimed at tweens. Luckily, most of the content is age-appropriate for them -- there are several relatively tame fight scenes, some very mild flirting, and a few verbal clashes between team members who have different ideas about how to handle the threat.

What's the story?

Teenage Ben Tennyson (Ryan Kelley) and his pals are part of a secret organization, the Plumbers, that's dedicated to protecting the world from evil extraterrestrial invaders. But when an old friend suddenly comes back into his life, Ben has to make a choice. Will he help Elena (Alyssa Diaz), whose father may be involved with a dangerous alien conspiracy, or will he side with Grandpa Max (Barry Corbin), the Plumbers leader who threw Elena’s dad out of the group years ago?

Is it any good?


BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM is based on the popular Ben 10 animated shows, and it loses little moving from animation to live action. The main effect that young fans will be watching for, of course, is Ben’s Omnitrix, a gadget that looks like an oversized wristwatch and gives him the ability to transform into a variety of alien shapes. This comes in handy when he has to battle the Hive and its millions of nanotech robotic chips. Ben gets backup from his cousin, Gwen (Galadriel Stineman), and their friend Kevin (Nathan Keyes), who both have their own abilities; together they're a formidable force.

The original cartoon series started when Ben was a 10-year-old boy, and Ben 10: Alien Force picked up five years later. Now he’s an older teen --  driving cars, making his own decisions, and definitely paying attention to girls. But the film is still age-appropriate for younger viewers -- the fight scenes are relatively tame, and the romantic subplots are very restrained. Fans of the cartoons will like this entry in the franchise, and there’s no reason why tweens can't watch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ben’s decision to defy Granpda Max.  Why does Ben choose to do so? Do you agree with his choice? How does Ben’s choice affect his friends, who are forced to take sides? In the end, do you think Ben made the right choice?

  • How does this live-action film compare to the animated series it's based on? Do you think the actors are similar to the cartoon characters?

  • Do you think this movie is aimed at the same audience as the cartoon?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 25, 2009
DVD release date:December 1, 2009
Cast:Alyssa Diaz, Galadriel Stineman, Ryan Kelley
Director:Alex Winter
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy February 21, 2013

It's an OK movie.

This Ben 10 film is just OK.I like most of the Ben 10 movies though.I like the action and adventure in this film,but some parts are creepy and not for little kids.So I say this movie is the best for ages 9 up.I really agree with CSM on this one.
Parent of a 8 year old Written bydave8900 April 16, 2010

slightly disrespectful to elders

Enjoyed the show, but didn't like that Gwen and Ben call their grandfather by his first name rather than being respectful and calling him "Grandpa Max" like they do in the animated series
Parent of a 9 year old Written bymmhaselmyer December 4, 2009

good for the family

I thought it was a good movie. The plummers worked as a team in the end to defeat evil. I din't like that the grandfather was not open and caused Ben to have to defie him.
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