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Ben 10: Race Against Time
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Why call it "Race Against Time" if there's nothing related to time?
Genre: Action
Directed By: Alex Winter
Written By: Mitch Watson
Starring: Graham Philips
Haley Ramm
Lee Majors
Christien Anholt
Don McManus
Beth Littleford
Carlos Alazraqui
Robert Picardo
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 21, 2007 (US)
February 11, 2008 (UK)
Runtime: 67 minutes
Country: United States
Canada
Franchise: Ben 10
Sequel: Ben 10: Alien Swarm


Ben 10: Race Against Time (also known as Ben 10: The Movie) is a 2007 American live-action/animated film adaptation of the animated television series Ben 10, created by Man of Action. The working title was Ben 10 in the Hands of Armageddon. Directed by Alex Winter, it premiered on November 21, 2007, in the United States as a Cartoon Network original film.

Bad Qualities

  1. Low-budget CGI, special effects, and transformations, which together look like a fanmade film made by fans of the show. (Granted we've come to expect this for made-for-TV movies.)
  2. Horrible acting on par with Re-Animated.
  3. Aside from lazy CGI for the aliens, Heatblast is actually a costume.
  4. Unfunny jokes.
  5. There's only 4 aliens in this movie. This is unacceptable, because while the later "Omni-Tricked" from Ben 10 (2016) is bad, it had every alien and was only 1 hour long. Even worse, Ben stays human for most of the film.
  6. It's pretty boring most of the time.
  7. Cash and T.J., Ben's bullies appear and are still unlikeable.
  8. This movie takes place when school starts back, which makes no sense because the show itself ended in 2008 with a series finale taking place where school starts back, granted that finale is declared a "what if" episode (therefore it is declared non-canon).
  9. It would have made more sense if they just stuck with the original Hands of Armageddon title.
  10. Some fan-favorite aliens don't appear, like Four Arms, XLR8 and Cannonbolt.
  11. False Advertising: Many posters and DVD covers show Ben turning into aliens, but it barely even has aliens, as said in BQ #6.
  12. Bland plot. A villain known as Eon hunts down Ben's Omnitrix turning him into his younger self so he can destroy the world with it and nothing else.
  13. The climax of the movie sees Ben transform into Eon. Yes, seriously...

Good Qualities

  1. The theme song was redone in rock style, and it's actually really good.
  2. There are some likable characters including Ben himself, Gwen, Grandpa Max, Principal White and the old man.
  3. The fight scenes are still cool.
  4. Some of the aliens look cool, like Diamondhead and Wildmutt, despite the lazy CGI.
  5. Eon does improve himself in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
  6. Stays faithful to the source material.
  7. The sequel, Ben 10: Alien Swarm was a huge improvement and was actually incorporated into the Ben 10 canon.

Reception

The film received positive reviews from critics, in contrast to the negative reviews from audiences. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the film 3 out of 5 possible stars, whilst DVD Talk called the film, "a whiz-bang family adventure sure to please fans and newcomers alike". Brian Lowry of Variety called the film, "breezy, brisk and surprisingly fun", and said it was had a "solid" rating of 6 or 7 out of 10.

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