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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[TagLine Their war. Our world.]]'']]
->'''Ironhide:''' Why are we fighting to save the humans? They're a primitive and violent race.
->'''Optimus Prime:''' Were we so different? They are a young species. They have much to learn... but I've seen goodness in them. Freedom is the right of all sentient beings...

''Note: This is about the 2007 live action'' '''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''' ''film. For the 1986 animated [[TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] film, see'' '''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'''''.''

The first in the Film/TransformersFilmSeries, [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action films]] based on the [[LongRunners long-running]] ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toyline and television series. Produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg and directed by Creator/MichaelBay.

Our protagonist is [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent teenager]] Sam Witwicky (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf). He wants his first car to impress "evil jock concubine" Mikaela (Creator/MeganFox), who turns out to be [[WrenchWench rather talented with cars]]. He ends up getting a beat-up yellow Camaro. But it turns out the car chose ''him''; it's one of many [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots sentient alien robots]] who can "[[TransformingMecha transform]]" and disguise themselves as human vehicles. His name's [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]], an advance scout for the Autobots, a noble faction from the planet Cybertron whose mission is to protect Sam from another faction, the evil Decepticons.

On another front, a US military base is attacked by agents of the Decepticons, with the sole survivors handling valuable information on whom they are fighting and how they can stand a chance at fighting back. At the same time, a Pentagon analyst finds evidence that there is a GovernmentConspiracy that knows more of what is going on than anyone else. These plotlines converge as Autobot reinforcements led by [[TheAragorn Optimus Prime]] arrive on Earth and tell Sam his [[MacGuffin family heirloom]] holds answers to the location of [[MacGuffin the AllSpark]], a powerful artifact responsible for the Transformers' existence and lost for thousands of years. The two factions battle over it: the Autobots want to return life to their dying world, while the Decepticons seek to exterminate their enemies.


Here is [[Characters/TransformersFilmSeries the character sheet.]]

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Mikaela and Simmons each get Sam's surname wrong when they try to say it. Mikaela says it as "Wilkicky" and Simmons says it as "Wickity", even after Ron corrects him.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The discussion between the Autobots at the Griffith Observatory.
* AMFMCharacterization: Bumblebee, the first Transformer our protagonist meets, actually has no real voice capabilities, and instead does all of his vocalizations through playing songs on his stereo. This is the trope cranked UpToEleven.
* AmusingInjuries: When Sam first encounters Barricade, Barricade's door flies open and hits Sam, knocking him on his face.
* {{Bookends}}: The film starts and ends with a voiceover by Optimus Prime. Also, Lennox remarks in his first scene that he wants to get home so he can hold his baby girl for the first time. At the end of the film we see him doing just that, in silhouette.
* BrakeAngrily: When Mikaela asks why Bumblebee turns back into a "Piece of crap Camaro." It seems that Bumblebee does this in retaliation with Sam thinking it's this trope. However it becomes subverted when he was just leaving them so he could find a better form to turn into.
* BrosBeforeHoes: Inverted; Sam's friend reminds him of the trope, but he's kicked to the curb so Sam can go after Mikaela.
* CarFu:
** A rather different case than usual -- most of the Autobots turn into cars, who apparently know Kung Fu. For the first movie, in fact, Creator/MichaelBay instructed the animators to watch Kung Fu movies to get a feel for how they should move. According to the DVD extras, he even had [[WireFu martial artists on wire rigs]] filmed to visualize the combat movements of the Transformers in hand-to-hand combat.
** A more traditional case was Bumblebee's slide/drift in vehicle mode to knock down Barricade while rescuing Sam and Mikaela.
* CarSkiing: Bumblebee does this to scan and transform into the 2009 version of the Camaro.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Captain Witwicky's glasses. Sam first tries to sell them on eBay, and Barricade implies their importance when he demands to know where they are. Optimus confirms this by revealing the coordinates to the All Spark's location on Earth is imprinted on the lenses. Optimus then uses the glasses to determine the All Spark's location. [[spoiler:It's the Hoover Dam, which, ironically, was built around it to prevent it from being found.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Optimus outlines a plan that the only way to destroy the [=AllSpark=] is by merging it with his own spark in his chest. The idea was that eliminating the [=AllSpark=] and Optimus along with it is preferable to Megatron getting it. Sam managing to execute that plan on Megatron was definitely seen as a MillionToOneChance.
* ChestBlaster: Blackout's chest cannon, Frenzy's CD blade launcher.
* CompositeCharacter: Bumblebee has the friendliness of the classic G1 Bumblebee but combines the visual "door wings" of Prowl and the frontline soldier role of Sideswipe.
* CoolCar: The car forms of Barricade (a Saleen S281, a variant of the Mustang), Bumblebee (his 2009 Camaro form, which was custom-built for the film two years before its official debut), and Jazz (a Pontiac Solstice).
* DecompositeCharacter: The role of Soundwave as the HypercompetentSidekick to Megatron was split between Barricade (the cop car) and especially Blackout (the helicopter), including their use of deployable minions of Scorponok and Frenzy. He was in earlier scripts, but the demands against [[ShapeshifterBaggage Mass Shifting]] led to the role being split up and, eventually, leaving him out altogether because it wouldn't have done the character justice.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The entire role of Lennox and Epps in the story was figuring out the most effective way of fighting against the Decepticons. They come to the conclusion that high heat sabot rounds do the most damage (besides [[GunshipRescue heavy artillery from a gunship]]), although it's still DeathOfAThousandCuts from regular infantry.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement:
** [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] with the licensed vehicle modes never getting destroyed (with the exception of Sideways in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second movie]]), with the destruction/killing ocurring only when they're in robot mode;
** Inverted with the Allspark animating a Mountain Dew vending machine and an Xbox, both of which start attacking passersby.
* ETGaveUsWiFi: The Decepticons' ability to infiltrate Earth technology is {{Hand Wave}}d by stating that [[spoiler:all modern tech was reverse-engineered from the captured Megatron]], which would also explain why the [=AllSpark=] could be used to transform Earth's tech.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Mojo's collar.
-->'''Mrs. Witwicky:''' That's his bling!
* ExplosionPropulsion: Ironhide uses his cannons to blast himself into a vault to dodge Brawl's missiles.
* FakingEngineTrouble: Bumblebee (who is the car) fakes engine problems to try and bring Sam and Mikaela together.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** The film had its fair share of gruesome deaths. Bonecrusher and Frenzy both getting beheaded (in Frenzy's case, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own weapon]]), and just look at the mess of what was formerly Megatron's chest after the Allspark is rammed directly into his spark.
** How 'bout that soldier in Lennox's squad who got impaled in his chest by Scorponok?
** And Jazz's death.
--->'''Jazz:''' You want a piece of me? ''You want a piece?!''
--->'''Megatron:''' No! I want-- ''[tears Jazz in half]'' TWO!
* FiveBadBand: The Decepticons.
** BigBad: Megatron, though Starscream fills in until his revival.
** TheDragon: Starscream.
** TheBrute: Blackout, Bonecrusher and Brawl.
** TheEvilGenius: Frenzy.
** TheDarkChick: Barricade.
* FiveManBand: The Autobots form one.
** TheLeader: Optimus Prime.
** TheLancer: Jazz.
** TheBigGuy: Ironhide.
** TheSmartGuy: Ratchet.
** TheFace: Bumblebee.
** SixthRanger: Sam, Mikaela, Epps and Lennox.
** BigGood: John Keller, just about the only high-ranking government official on the protagonist's side.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Captain Witwicky, according to Sam in his genealogy report, kept babbling, in his last years of life, about a "giant ice man" he thought he'd discovered. Said "giant ice man" turned out to be Megatron embedded in the ice after a crash landing.
** Ratchet says in the alleyway scene that the Cube's power could be used to transform Earth's machines. In the climax, Sam, while running with the Cube, runs into a Cadillac Escalade and its power brings the steering wheel to life, as well as doing the same to an Xbox and a vending machine.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When he tries to attack Sam, Barricade disguises itself as a police car, with "To Punish And Enslave" written at the side (instead of "To Protect And Serve").
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: When Optimus catches Sam as he's falling from the skyscraper.
* GodzillaThreshold: The military plan to hide the [=AllSpark=] in Mission City.
* GoodAllAlong: Simmons. He seemed like a bad guy when he took Sam and Mikaela away and when Bumblebee got captured, but is still on the side of the good guys and does yield Sam's demands at the Hoover Dam, namely that Sector 7 release Bumblebee and erase Mikaela's juvie record.
* HeroicSacrifice: Optimus is willing to attempt one in the climax. He tells the other Autobots that he would unite the All Spark with the spark in his chest to destroy it. Ratchet tells him it would be suicide to do so. In the climax, Optimus tells Sam to do this if he cannot defeat Megatron. Luckily, Sam unites the All Spark with Megatron's spark, killing him.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Parodied when Sam asked the Autobots to back off from the house while he searched for the glasses. The Autobots transform into their vehicle modes... and sit right there in the back yard. Sam screams at them that it's not a truck-stop, and they have to hide in robot-mode. Optimus later invokes the trope in his message before the credits.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Frenzy is killed by one of his own discs slicing his head in half.
* HollywoodHacking: The entirety of the slightly-less-than-awesome "signal processing" subplot.
* HumansAreBastards: The capture of Bumblebee by Sector 7, which, coupled with them repeatedly blasting him with freezing chemical during and after the capture, has a definite feeling of torture. When Bumblebee almost shoots the engineers after they release him, it's hard to blame him.
** Some of this is even intercut with the rest of the Autobots questioning Optimus over why they should save us from the Decepticons, given how primitive and violent we are as a race. Optimus Prime reminds them that at one time, Cybertronians were NotSoDifferent from us.
* IllKillYou:
-->'''Megatron:''' I'll kill you! Mine! Allspark!
* KillItWithFire: [[LargeHam Agent Simmons]] tries to kill Frenzy this way. It doesn't work.
-->'''Simmons:''' BURN SUCKER! BUURRRRRRNN!!
* LargeHam: Glenn and Agent Simmons.
* TheLoad: Attempted aversion with Sam Witwicky, with the location of the Allspark imprinted on his great-grandfather's glasses, and the fact that he is ultimately the one to kill Megatron.
* MagicalNegro: Used car salesman Bobby Bolivia [[InvokedTrope attempts to act like this as a sales pitch.]]
* MagnetismManipulation: Jazz seems to have have magnetic powers, pulling the firearms of soldiers away from them. Blackout also has an {{EMP}} weapon.
* TheMatchmaker: Bumblebee.
* MeaningfulEcho: "No sacrifice, no victory."
* MenCantKeepHouse: Sam's room, with his suggested PornStash.
* MetaOrigin: The [=AllSpark=] is written to be described enough to explain their origins but vague enough to not answer everything.
* MidairCollision: Starscream shoots up a squadron of F-22's, causing one of them to spin of of control and crash into another one.
* MightyGlacier:
** Ratchet is one of the physically strongest Autobots. He's also one of the slowest.
** Ironhide even more so.
* MistakenForMasturbating: Sam Witwicky's parents notice that he's hiding something from them. Sam's mother outright asks if he's masturbating, and his parents proceed to try to give him space.
* MomentKiller: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Mikaela. Sam's parents were questioning Sam's nervous and twitchy behavior (due to the Autobots hanging out in the backyard) after coming into his room, with her trying to hide. To end the conversation Mikaela presents herself, making it seem that Sam was acting that way because they interrupted an intimate moment. Rather than being upset, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Mom and Dad Witwicky are thrilled for Sam.]]
--> '''Judy Witwicky:''' Oh my gosh you're gorgeous! I'm sorry you had to hear our little "family discussion."
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat:
** Ratchet's introductory comment: "The boy's pheromone levels suggest that he wants to mate with the female."
** Earlier, when Bumblebee pretends to cut out at a local make-out point, his radio starts playing Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing".
* NoConservationOfMass: Mostly averted, since care was taken so that the Transformers had the same amount of mass in vehicle and robot form. However, the Cube can apparently go from house-sized to basketball-sized with no release of energy. That said, the Cube is a magical MacGuffin responsible for the creation of a not just a race of transforming giant sentient machines but their entire world as well so it gets a little leeway.
* NoNameGiven: Lennox's wife and baby daughter are not named, even by Lennox himself.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Michael Bay mentioned in the DVDCommentary that the sequence where Lennox had to deal with an obnoxious telephone operator to get a call transferred to the Pentagon while under fire was taken from a RealLife incident he heard about while talking with some military personnel.
* NotThisOneThatOne: Invoked by Sam's dad. When taking him to get his new car, he drives Sam through the parking lot of a Porsche dealer, waiting until Sam says in disbelief and excitement, "You are not getting me a Porsche!" to which Dad replies, "You're right. You're not getting a Porsche," and drives into a used car lot.
** GeniusBonus: The Porsche family has told Hasbro and Takara, makers of the Transformers toys, that their vehicles are off limits.
* OhCrap: Sam has one when Barricade converts into his robot form in front of him.
** Glenn when the FBI invade his home to arrest him and Maggie.
** Frenzy, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard moments before]] [[PrecisionFStrike his death]]. Understandable, considering he'd just lost most of his head.
* OnlineAlias: "Are you username ladiesman217?"
* OnlyOneName: Averted with Lennox, his wife calls him Will at the beginning before the connection between them freezes. Epps's first name is revealed to be Robert, as Fig calls him Bobby in their opening scene.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Sam and Mikaela.
* PapaWolf: Ron tells Simmons this when he comes for Sam: "You're not taking my son." Optimus as well: "Taking the children was a bad move."
* PornStash: Sam is implied to have one in his room when Mikaela almost comes across it. His copy of ''Busty Beauties'' that he got from his Uncle Charles is likely part of it.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "'''Join''' them in '''EXTINCTION!'''" [[BlownAcrossTheRoom * blam* ]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Frenzy's demise when his head is sliced in half with his own weapon.
-->'''Frenzy''': Oh, shit!
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Megatron to Optimus:
-->'''Megatron:''' You still fight for the weak! That is why you lose!
* RuleOfCool: Giant robots... '''[[HumongousMecha Giant robots]]'''. The advertising campaign amounted to, "Look at all the cool shit they can do!"
* RuleOfPool: Omar, Glenn's cousin, is tackled into the pool when the FBI break in to take Glenn and Maggie into custody.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Glenn during his OhCrap moment.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Megatron is kept on ice inside the Hoover Dam, and is pretty angry upon thawing out.]]
* SelfDeprecation:
** On the part of director Creator/MichaelBay:
--->'''Nerd with camera:''' This is easily, a hundred times cooler than ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', I swear to God!!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRCf9LbLM0 And the very famous commercial where he goes around blowing stuff up demanding that everything be awesome, including a to-scale Bumblebee statue behind him.]]
** The human that Megatron flicked was... Michael Bay himself.
--->'''Megatron:''' Disgusting.
* SharpDressedMan: Simmons is suited when we first see him. Secretary of Defense John Keller is also seen in a suit in all of his scenes.
* ShoutOut:
** At the site where one of the Autobots crashed, we see a nerdy guy screaming "This is a hundred times cooler than ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''!"
** The scene where Captain Lennox and his team are pinned down, need to call the Pentagon over a phone and need a credit card to pay for the call is almost identical to a scene in the film ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The A-10's that attack Scorponok are shown shredding the ground in plenty of space before and after his spot.
* StandardPoliceMotto: Parodied. Barricade's alt-mode is a police car mode with the phrase "To punish and enslave."
* StaringKid: Several, one notable one is the girl who has a transformer land in her pool.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sam and Mikaela. Both start out as just OrdinaryHighSchoolStudents, then end up actively taking part in the climax with the Autobots and soldiers against the Decepticons.
* UnderTheTruck: Captain Lennox grabs an abandoned motorcycle, drives it straight at Blackout, and puts it in a powerslide right between Blackout's legs, firing his assault rifle and GrenadeLauncher straight into him ([[StuffBlowingUp while at the same time, F-22's are shooting him with missiles]]), apparently killing him.
* UrineTrouble: Mojo urinates on Ironhide's foot during the backyard scene.
-->'''Sam''': Mojo! Mojo, off the robot!
** Also [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Bumblebee lubricating on Simmons]] is very reminiscent of this.
* VengefulVendingMachine: The power of the Cube animates a soda machine, which sprouts limbs and goes berserk.
* WeHaveBeenResearchingPhlebotinumForYears: It turns out that the government has been studying Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.
* YouAllShareMyStory: The three separate subplots involving Lennox's team, the NSA hackers, and Sam and Mikaela converge when all three are assembled at the Hoover Dam for the final battle.
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