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Ben 10: Alien Swarm
Ben 10 Alien Swarm poster.jpg
Promotional poster and Australian theatrical release poster
Written by John Turman
James Kriegjc
Directed by Alex Winter
Starring Ryan Kelley
Galadriel Stineman
Nathan Keyes
Alyssa Diaz
Herbert Siguenza
Barry Corbin
Theme music composer Michael Wandmacher
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Alex Winter
Rob Sorcher
Ramsey Naito
Brian A. Miller
Producer(s) Gideon Amir
Cinematography Anghel Decca
Editor(s) Scott Richter
Running time 69 minutes
Production company(s) Trouper Productions
Alive and Kicking, Inc.
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25)

Ben 10: Alien Swarm is a 2009 American superhero television film directed by Alex Winter. It is based on the Cartoon Network animated series Ben 10: Alien Force and the second live-action movie after 2007's Ben 10: Race Against Time. The film stars Ryan Kelley, Galadriel Stineman, Nathan Keyes, Alyssa Diaz, Herbert Siguenza, and Barry Corbin. The film premiered on Cartoon Network on November 25, 2009, where it was watched by 4.02 million viewers. The events of the film take place between the second and third seasons of Ben 10: Alien Force.


The film opens as Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are negotiating with a group of black market dealers attempting to sell them alien nanochips, which are causing interference with the Omnitrix. One of them reveals herself to be Elena, a childhood friend of Ben and Gwen. Elena explains that she had set up negotiations to lure Ben out into the open, to seek his help in finding her abducted father.

As Ben agrees to help her, the chips spring to life and attack, controlled by a man on a catwalk. The group fights them, and in the process the suspicious man and the dealers escape. While Elena claims she is not responsible for the attack, Kevin and Gwen are suspicious of her.

At their headquarters, the trio, along with Grandpa Max, study one of the chips salvaged from the fight, learning that they are a hybrid of organic and technological components. Elena, having followed the trio, breaks in and Max orders her to leave, explaining that Elena's father, Victor Validus, was an apprentice of his who was dishonorably discharged after stealing the original chips. Ben refuses to believe that Elena is like her father, and breaks ranks with his grandfather and teammates to help her.

While Max is away, Gwen and Kevin investigate Victor Validus and discover a video of Max interrogating Victor, in which Victor insists that "the Hive", the mind intelligence behind the chips, is coming to take over the planet. The chips are revealed to be able to possess people.

Meanwhile, Ben and Elena arrive at Victor's old laboratory. It has been cleared out by the Hive, but they find evidence that Victor was studying and upgrading the chips. Elena reveals that her father had become erratic before disappearing, and had stopped returning home. He also appears to be the man from the rafters controlling the chips. A mob under the control of the chips ambush Ben and Elena, forcing them to retreat. The Omnitrix again experiences interference around the chips and keeps Ben from transforming, but Ben utilizes a scanning function on it to temporarily repel the mob and allow him and Elena to escape. They head to the Ship-It building to investigate further, though Ben is now somewhat suspicious of Elena himself, realizing the mob expected him and Elena to go to the lab and set a trap for them. Ben finds an order slip made out for that day, when Elena claimed that Victor had already been missing for weeks.

Gwen and Kevin, having reached the building first, are too late to stop the distribution of the chips. Instead, they are met by one of the Ship-It employees, who is also under the chips' control. He summons another larger chip swarm, now capable of forming solid, weaponizable shapes, to attack Gwen and Kevin, damaging Kevin's car during a lengthy chase. Ben, upon joining them, uses Humongousaur to defeat the swarm, destroying Kevin's car in the process.

By the time they return to headquarters, the chips have spread across the globe, and number in the millions. Gwen realizes the swarm's new ability is a sign that they can adapt to threats and become smarter. The group also deduces the chips have a queen, as the chip's hosts have mentioned her. They believed that they can stop the chips by destroying her, but during their search, Max is possessed. Pulling together, the group notice that while world population centers are all infected, Barren Rock, Missouri, has the highest concentration, an apparent anomaly in their distribution.

Infiltrating the factory, populated by multiple infected, including Max, the group discovers that the Queen infected Elena's father, and his body is being used as a hive to rapidly mass-produce the chips. Fearing being possessed by the chips while in his alien forms, Ben uses the Omnitrix to transform into a new alien that he calls "Nanomech", which was created by scanning the DNA of the chips. He flies into Victor's head and battles the Queen, who briefly tries to assert dominance on him, though he resists, while Gwen, Kevin, and Elena fight the infected. As the dormant chips in the factory activate, Nanomech uses the chips ability to adapt to overwhelm and destroy the Queen, freeing everyone from the chips' control.

In the aftermath, Max, after apologizing to Victor, decides to retire and leave his position as leader to Ben, but Ben refuses to allow him to do so. The film ends as Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Elena drive home.



In December 2009, Warner Bros. Pictures and Cartoon Network are reportedly interested in fast-tracking a third Ben 10 film due to the second film's success. However, such plans have yet to be seen.

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