Transformers Movie Score Cues

Comparing the album "Transformers: the Score" by Steve Jablonsky, released in October 2007, to the Transformers movie directed by Michael Bay and released in July 2007

Times listed on the left are from the tracks on the CD, times listed on the right are the matching scene in the movie. When I felt like getting more detail I've listed a further breakdown of sections in the italicized lists. Perfection is not always to be expected, but I got pretty darn close.

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(If you like this sort of thin, you might also enjoy my breakdown of the Star Trek score.)
1. Autobots (2:33)
:00-1:00, 2:05-2:17
  • :00 - right after "...there was the Cube"
  • 2:05 - Cube enters the atmosphere
:57-2:05 The beginning of the movie, watching the Cube coming to Earth with a voice-over by Optimus.
:00-:36 16:55-17:29 The end of the presentation by Defense Secretary Keller to the people who will be helping the NSA work on the signal from the attack in Qatar.
2. Decepticons (3:52)
:00-:58, without choir 28:28-29:27 Frenzy hacking the computer on Air Force One: from when Frenzy transforms under the seat to the ding-dong rolling on the floor.
:52-2:13 30:10-31:28 Frenzy hacking the computer on Air Force One: from when Maggie hears the signal to cutting the server hardlines.
2:14-3:41 31:51-33:25 Frenzy hacking the computer on Air Force One: from when the shooting begins to when Frenzy and Barricade leave to track down Sam.
:00-1:18 36:35-37:53 Defense Secretary Keller arriving at Pentagon, from Keller saying "What did they get?" to Keller telling Maggie to "get a filter on that brain-mouth thing..."
:06-1:18 1:30:36-1:32:00 Banachek telling Keller about the Mars Rover and the likelihood of an attack.
:26-1:16 1:36:30-1:37:20 The group at Hoover Dam led by Banachek and Simmons entering Megatron's hanger.
1:37-2:10, lengthened at the end 1:39:07-1:39:45 Decepticons mobilizing after Frenzy finds the Cube.
3. The All Spark (3:35)
:00-:20, :51-1:17, 2:10-2:31 without choir
  • :00 - "Why Earth?" "It's the All Spark"
  • :51 - "You guys know where it is, don't you"
  • :56 - walking away from Megatron into the viewing room
1:37:56-1:39:06 At the Hoover Dam, from Sam's first mention of the All Spark through their first sight of the Cube.
4. Deciphering the Signal (3:09)
:10-1:38 15:48-16:46 Defense Secretary Keller's presentation to the people who will be helping the NSA work on the signal from the attack in Qatar, from when he says "They're so young" to the sound of the signal.
5. Frenzy (1:57)
:43-1:20 1:40:46-1:41:27 At the Hoover Dam, from using the Cube's radiation on the cell phone in the box to Simmons killing it.
6. Optimus (3:16)
:07-1:17 without the flute playing the theme
  • :07 - first view of Bumblebee after the fight
  • :27 - "What are you doing?" "I don't think it wants to hurt us..."
  • :50 - Bumblebee talking
  • ends with "...wants us to get in the car"
55:08-56:30 Sam and Mikaela seeing and talking to Bumblebee after the fight with Barricade.
:00-1:38 without guitar or flute
  • :00 - at the observatory
  • :27 - "What about Bumblebee?"
  • :52 - "They are a young species..."
  • ends with "Autobots, roll out"
1:33:38-1:35:20 Optimus using the glasses at the observatory and the discussion between the Transformers afterward
7. Bumblebee (3:57)
:00-1:30 with the duration of the notes shortened
  • :00 - close-up on Mikaela
  • :40 - first see Bumblebee
  • 1:23 - Lennox "What the hell was that?"
  • ends with Sam saying "You've got to get up, you're ok" just before the blackhawks come through on Epps' radio
1:53:59 - 1:55:00 After Bumblebee loses his feet when Starscream hits them with a missile, as Sam is encouraging him.
1:57-2:16, 2:44-3:07
  • 1:57 - scene cuts from Bumblebee to the Cube
  • 2:44 - Bumblebee touches the Cube and it starts shrinking
  • ends when the Cube is in his hands
1:44:45-1:45:31 Bumblebee goes to the All Spark and shrinks it.
8. Soccent Attack (2:07)
full track
  • :00 - starts with Lennox reacting and Epps shouting
  • :24 - Blackout reaches through the roof to the computer
  • :55 - scene switches back to the soldiers outside
  • 1:20 - Epps on the ground by Blackout's feet
  • ends with Blackout destroying the planes
6:53-8:55 Blackout's attack on the Soccent air base in Qatar.
9. Sam at the Lake (1:58)
:00-:33 17:34-18:11 Sam checking eBay, getting ready and giving Mojo his pain pills.
full track 20:23-22:18 Sam at the party by the lake.
10. Scorponok (4:56)
full track, with two pauses for the telecom guy
  • :00 - soldiers running after one of them gets speared
  • 1:48 - first cut to the Pentagon
  • 2:32 - pilot climbing into the Warthog
  • 3:20 - lazing the target
  • 3:44 - Scorponok still moving
  • 3:53 - Spooky plane
  • 4:15 - Scorponok retreats, without his tail
  • ends with "I want them debriefed..."
39:57- 45:14 Scorponok attacking the town where the soldiers who escaped from Blackout's attack are taking refuge.
11. Cybertron (2:46)
full track
  • :00 - Mikaela saying "Why are you here?"
  • 1:00 - dogs running away
  • 1:30 - see Megatron
  • 2:05 - navigation system activates
  • 2:35 "You hold the key..."
1:04:06-1:06:52 Optimus telling Sam and Mikaela about Cybertron and how Captain Witwicky found Megatron.
12. Arrival to Earth (5:27)
:13-:47 9:29-10:01 Sam's school presentation and flashback to the Arctic expedition.
:36-1:07, 1:14-2:38, 2:58-5:18
  • :36 - Bumblebee driving through the gate
  • :48 - entering atmosphere
  • 1:22 - crash-landings
  • 2:06 - pod starts to transform
  • 2:29 - Ratchet drives out
  • 3:03 - Jazz scans the car
  • 3:10 - Ironhide climbs out of the pool
  • 3:41 - seeing the end of Ironhide's transformation
  • 3:48 - Optimus is transformed
  • 4:07 - Kids see Optimus coming
  • 4:24 - Optimus starts to transform
  • 4:52 - the other four transform
  • 5:07 - "Are you Samuel James Witwicky..."
  • ends with Sam's "Yeah"
58:53-1:03:05 The four Transformers land on Earth, find cars to transform into, and meet Sam and Mikaela.
13. Witwicky (1:57)
full track
  • :00 - "I buy half your car..."
  • :34 - Bumblebee seen over Sam's shoulder
  • :53 - Optimus walking, stepping on fountain
  • 1:18 - Mojo pees on Ironhide
  • ends with "foot's gonna rust"
1:09:34-1:11:25 Sam goes home to look for the glasses and the Transformers start walking all over the lawn.
14. Downtown Battle (1:33)
full track
  • :00 - Glen saying "They're sending F22's to the city!"
  • :44 - first sight of the F22
  • 1:09 - "It's Starscream!"
  • ends as the missile explodes
1:52:23 - 1:53:54 Sam, Mikaela and Lennox's team take the Cube to the city: from the F22's scrambling to when Starscream's missile hits the truck held by Ironhide and Bumblebee.
15. Sector 7 (2:05)
full track
  • :00 - Sam and Mikaela climb up on Optimus's shoulder
  • :33 - helicopters lose Optimus
  • 1:15 - Mikaela slips
  • 1:30 - Bumblebee catches Sam and Mikaela
  • 1:34 - helicopters close in on Bumblebee
  • ends when Bumblebee falls down
1:25:06-1:27:09 Sector 7 heliocopters chasing Optimus, through Bumblebee catching Sam and Mikaela when they fall.
16. Bumblebee Captured (2:17)
full track
  • :00 - Bumblebee falls down
  • :22 - Bumblebee starts getting iced
  • :55 - Sam tries to help him
  • 1:15 - Simmons "Happy to see me again?"
  • 1:43 - Jazz talks to Optimus
  • 2:00 - Optimus picks up the glasses
1:27:09-1:29:19 Bumblebee is captured by Sector 7; Jazz talks to Optimus and he picks up the glasses.
17. You're a Soldier Now (3:28)
:00-1:04
  • :00 - "Concentrate your fire!" after Jazz, Ironhide and Ratchet attack Devastator
  • :07 - Mikaela stealing the tow truck
  • :14 - Megatron arrives
  • :28 - Jazz stays to hold him off, Lennox moves everyone away
  • :44 - Mikaela pulls up in the tow truck, "help me with this"
  • :52 - Megatron carrying Jazz flies to the top of the building
  • ends when Jazz is torn in half
1:56:47-1:57:53 The battle in the city, from just before Megatron arrives at the battle to Jazz's death.
1:10-1:58, 2:12-3:25
  • :10 - Lennox looks up at the building
  • 1:34 - Lennox saying "You're a soldier now!"
  • 2:15 - Mikaela saying "Sam! No matter what happens..."
  • 2:38 - "Cover fire!" Sam running
  • 3:05 - Optimus arrives and transforms
  • ends with Optimus saying "Megatron!"
1:58:13-2:00:15 The battle in the city: Lennox drafting Sam, Sam running, Optimus arriving and transforming.
18. Sam on the Roof (2:03)
:00-:45
  • :00 - Sam climbing onto the roof
  • :18 - Sam lights the flare
  • :30 - helicopter rises over the edge of the building
  • ends with the missile hitting the heliocopter
2:05:11-2:05:52 Sam reaching the rooftop and the military heliocopters arriving.
:58-1:57
  • :58 - Sam climbs onto the statue
  • 1:34 - "I'm never giving you this All Spark!"
  • 1:40 - Megatron hits the ledge
  • 1:48 - Optimus catches Sam
  • ends when Optimus lets go of the building
2:06:14-2:07:15 Sam facing Megatron on the top of the building, falling, and being caught by Optimus.
19. Optimus vs. Megatron (4:00)
full track
  • :00 - Optimus saying "Sam, you risked your life..."
  • :26 - Optimus saying "It's you and me, Megatron"
  • :55 - cut to the soldiers, Blackout arrives
  • 1:52 - Blackout notices the laser mark, Lennox gets on the motorcycle
  • 2:25 - Blackout is down, small scene of Megatron and Optimus
  • 2:42 - cut to F22's, Starscream attacks
  • 3:07 - missiles hit Megatron
  • 3:28 - Megatron crawling after Sam
  • 3:43 - Sam puts the cube in Megatron's chest
2:07:38-2:11:32 The battle in the city: Optimus fighting Megatron, soldiers and F22's take down Blackout, Starscream attacks the F22's, Megatron is hit by the F22's, Sam puts the Cube in Megatron's chest.
20. No Sacrifice, No Victory (2:58)
:00-2:03, 2:24-2:38
  • :00 - everyone looking at Megatron, Optimus "you left me no choice"
  • :26 - Optimus saying "Sam, I owe you my life", Mikaela and Bumblebee arriving
  • :53 - Ironhide saying "Prime, we couldn't save him"
  • 1:29 - Sam replying "Yes", Optimus takes the cube fragment
  • 1:48 - Defense Secretary Keller's wrap-up
  • ends as Megatron is dropped into the ocean
2:11:42-2:13:56 The scenes after the battle, from reacting to Megatron's death through dumping the Decepticons in the abyss.