Sam and Megatron up on the abandoned building roof, the scene where Megatron tries to taunt and scare Sam into giving up the Cube. Such a classic good vs evil confrontation…beautifully filmed…fantastic setting…perfect music. I’m sure it was no coincidence that the statue Sam was clinging to had a very Madonna-like aspect to it, whereas Megatron…well, let’s face it, he could well pass as a molten, metal version of Lucifer himself.
Honorable mentions: the Autobots’ arrival scene (beautiful visuals, music)…whole long sequence of Frenzy cutting loose aboard Air Force One, from the opening jet shot right up until he hops into Barricade and cheerfully expresses his opinion of the entire human race (lots of laughs, more great music)…Blackout doing his thing in the desert (fantastic ‘reveal’, wonderful-looking character, great choice of opening sequence to ramp up tension throughout the rest of the movie, ie. is THAT a Transformer?? is that plane/car/anonymous machine going to transform too???)
Entire Smithsonian sequence, from the time our heroes pulled up in the parking lot to Jetfire unexpectedly whooshing the whole gang off to Egypt. ADORED Jetfire, loved nasty Wheelie and his running commentary, almost peed my pants laughing when Jetfire bashed his way out of the museum and through some inexplicable space warp into some other part of the USA entirely…whole thing was just so damn crazy and unexpected and NUTZ! It’s like the people making the movie just threw up their hands and said ‘oh, to hell with it!' at that point and settled for a live-action Looney Toon. With Transformers! VERY funny, at least for me. I even enjoyed Simmons’ butt shot—whoo hoo!
Honorable mention: Ravage’s fantastically thin ‘little buddy’ stealing the shard (part of the reason I go to movies like Transformers is so I can see something I’ve never seen before…THIS scene definitely fulfilled that wish—wow! what an eye-popper!)
Sentinel Prime regaining consciousness and initially attacking Optimus, then relenting as his confusion fades. This scene changed the whole tone of the remainder of the movie for me and effectively knocked the smirk I was working on right off my face.
Honorable mention: the Autobots dishing out some good ol’ NATO wish-fulfillment justice at an illegal nuclear power plant (yeah, the movie got slammed for this scene in certain circles, but I don’t care…I know it’s really Michael Bay’s shout-out to the military and that includes ME! (right back ‘atcha, Michael!))