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A chase ensues
between Sam's Camero and the "police car", and they
wind up at a refinery/power plant,
where Sam & Mikaela (Megan Fox) see their yellow car turn into the "Bumblebee" (Transformer) robot
for the first time.
were shot at the AES power plant,
located on the east side of N. Harbor Drive
in Redondo Beach , CA.,
between Beryl Street (on the south) and Herondo Street (on the north).
across the street (east of) the Redondo Beach Marina, and about a
mile north of the Redondo Beach Pier (a frequent filming location
for "The O.C.") The plant has
also been seen in the TV show "24" and in other films such as
when they are driving through a tunnel, Mikaela wonders aloud why, if the
robot is so powerful, does it keep turning into a junky-looking old car.
Insulted, the "car"
puts them out on the road, does a sideways wheelie through the tunnel,
as a brand new sports Camero - much to the appreciation of Sam & Mikaela.
tunnel scene was shot in the 2nd Street
tunnel, in downtown
The tunnel is where 2nd Street runsbetween Hill & Figueroa Streets.
(This same tunnel has been seen in a number of other movies, including
"The Terminator", "Blade Runner", "Independence
Day" and "Godzilla".)
The scene where
Sam & Mikaela watch meteors crash to the earth (containing Transformers, of course) was
shot on location at The Griffith
Observatory, which is located atop
Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park,
at 2800 Observatory Road,
off N. Vermont Avenue.
The same Observatory
is seen in a later scene where the Transformers
sit perched on the domed building. (No doubt, there was some model use
at work here...)
has been seen in many movies, including "Nancy Drew",
"The Terminator", "The Rocketeer"
and "Rebel Without a Cause."
Meteors are also
seen crashing into Dodger Stadium.
That ballpark is located at 1000 Elysian Park
Ave, just north of downtown Los
Sam & Mikaela are taken into custody by threatening agents from the secret Sector-7
agency, but they are rescued by the giant Transformers, who rip the top
off the agents' SUV.
humiliates the lead agent by forcing him to strip to his underwear.
forces arrive, prompting a street race between the Transformers and government helicopters.
scene (as you can see from the photos)
took place next to a bridge and
a railroad track.
That bridge is actually a railroad trestle,
which spans the Dominguez Channel, just
Terminal Island. You'll find that bridge
where Henry Ford Avenue meets
Pier A Way,
in a rough stretch of industrial land between
Wilmington and Long Beach.
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