The focus of these films is on the civilians (Witwicky), the govt/military (Sector 7/SOCCENT/NEST) and the Transformers themselves, with more care given to the latter two in the films. The first film had a fair balance between the three, because it was from the civilian side that we got introduced to the war; in the sequels it was rather toned down (perhaps justifiably) to focus on the war, now fully introduced and brought to Earth, as seen from the other two angles. That said, DOTM seemed like a perfect opportunity to showcase the civilian aspect of it. There was a disinformation campaign, where some anti-Autobot signs were shown to make people think the film’d feature protests to force the Autobots off Earth. Unfortunately that was not the case: instead many civilians were massacred in Chicago, and it took NEST and Sam to assist the Autobots. The fact that civilians are generally portrayed as helpless against the Decepticons in these films kind of undermines their potential for courage and goodness. I came across this incident in the comics: “In San Francisco, Megatron explains to Optimus Prime that he ordered all the devastation on the city just to get Prime's attention. Still weary, Optimus tells Megatron to shut up, and that he'll defend humans even if they betray him and his own troops abandon his cause. Just as Megatron decides to end Optimus Prime's life once and for all, the sound of honking distracts him. Prime jumps out of the way as three fire engines, driven by humans, come racing down a broken freeway and slam into the Decepticons. Prime uses the distraction to quickly free his captured troops and then tells the Autobots that he wants their heads but to save Megatron for him.” (Prime Directive issue 6 - Transformers Wiki) That would have been awesome to see in DOTM: the public who forced the Autobots out, who got massacred by the Decepticons in “gratitude”, decides to assist the Autobots in their fight – the very essence of “It’s Our Fight Now”, and “You’re a Soldier Now” (which Sam learnt in the first film). It would have been satisfactorily great to see a group of civilians rescue the Autobots in their prisoner scene, and assist Sam against Dylan in the fight at the pillars. It’s a shame MBay cannot really understand civilians, and is only really in his element with soldier archetypes (cops, strike forces and the like).