The Mummy Returns

Corrected entry: Around halfway through the movie we see Ardeth's army of Medjai warriors which appears to be in the thousands readying for the battle against the Anubis warriors. Where were all these men the entire time the bad guys were digging up Imhotep at the beginning of the movie? If they had that many warriors they could have easily overpowered the bad guys at Hamunaptra. This also raises the question what all of these warriors were doing when they could have helped during the events of the first movie.

jbrbbt

Correction: This army had to be assembled first, in the days between discovering the plot and facing the army of Anubis, slowly growing as they chased Imhotep. I would say these warriors came from as far as Sudan, Iraq and Libya. By horse.

lionhead

Corrected entry: When Alex first puts on the bracelet it shows the Pyramids of Giza and Karnak and that's all, but later he tells Jonathan he saw the pyramid at Ahm Shere (even describing the large diamond on top) but that was never shown from the bracelet, so how did Alex already know?

jbrbbt

Correction: When it transitions between the great pyramids and Karnak is shows a jungle, this is where the pyramid at Ahm Shere is at and it's possible he saw it, however briefly.

lionhead

Corrected entry: Rick and Jonathan jump through the bathroom window. All the glass is gone as they fall.

Correction: No, it's not. I literally just watched this film last night and was looking for some of the mistakes listed here for fun. They leap through the window, and there's glass all around them as they fall.

Corrected entry: When Lock-Nah discovers Alex building one of his clues for Rick and Evey in the sand, his mouth isn't in sync with the words when he says "Leaving breadcrumbs, are we?"

Cubs Fan

Correction: That's because his teeth are clenched, meaning that your lips don't need to move a lot. Look carefully and you can see his lips moving just a little bit.

Corrected entry: The mummies that attack during the scene on the doubledecker bus are supposedly pretty tough and can smash through brick and masonry walls. However, during the fight just before the bus hits the bridge, the mummy fighting Fraser acts like a normal person. The two grapple together, and the mummy has his hands around Fraser's throat and tries to strangle him. Not only does Fraser fend him off, he even breaks his grip and dives to the floor before the bridge hits. Pretty wimpy for a mummy that just tore through a steel bus roof. (00:44:30)

Correction: The mummy wasn't trying to strangle him; he was trying to do what Imhotep would do in terms of sucking his life out, (he even opens his mouth really wide to try and do this but Rick kept interrupting by punching him). In terms of being "wimpy", Rick just poked him in his eye sockets and the mummy reacted. Then Rick hit him before falling down when they were approaching the low bridge, and all of that was a surprise to the mummy; he had no time to react, especially when he couldn't even see what they were about to hit.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the father says "You know, those snakes are very poisonous." Then the mother says "Only if they bite you." You can clearly see the snake's colours are red touching black which clearly means that the snake is not a venomous snake. (00:07:00)

Correction: The rhyme applies only to the coral and king snakes of North America. So it is possible that the snake is venomous, even though it is obviously a king snake. The coral snake does not have red touching black though there are bands of yellow in between.

Corrected entry: Director Stephen Sommers appears as the man in the bathtub in Izzy's place.

ployp

Correction: Incorrect. Sommers did indeed record some audio of himself humming that is looped into the scene, but the man in the tub is just an extra.

Corrected entry: When Ardeth Bay finally kills Lock-Nah, another enemy is about to shoot Ardeth in the face. But he is saved by Jonathan who is standing right next to him. They then flash to him back up on his sniper position next to his sister. How did he move so quickly?

Correction: Jonathan isn't next to him. He's up on the ridge with Evie. They just zoomed in on him.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: In the beginning, Ardeth calls Anubis the "dark god." However, Anubis was not an evil god, simply the one to perform the weighing of the hearts ceremony for the deceased. The fact that he deals with the dead may have created a false impression. But a much better "dark god" could have been Set, god of chaos.

Correction: Anubis was the god of the afterlife and the Egyptian underworld. That's pretty dark stuff - doesn't have to mean evil.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the jungle / oasis scene the clumsy Jonathan grabs a rifle and the "tatooed face guy" asks him if he can handle a rifle. This rifle is a Lee Enfield Mark 4 rifle. The movie takes place in 1933. At this time the Mark 4 was not available. (01:24:25)

Correction: The rifle is actually the predecessor to the Lee Enfield - it is a Lee Metford Rifle Mark I which was first in use in 1888.

Corrected entry: After Rick and Evie open the chest with the bracelet in it, the Nile begins to rush in. They are running down a corridor and Rick has his rucksack (with the chest in it) in his left hand. The Nile is shown rushing in upon them. They turn to face the oncoming water and Rick puts both arms around Evie. You can see both his hands. Then he reaches up and holds onto the grate with both hands. When the wall collapses and Rick and Evie wash out, the rucksack is back in his left hand. (00:16:15)

Correction: Not a mistake. You cannot hold your wife together with something in your palm. The rucksack must have slid down and up to his elbow which is hidden behind Evy. We will not be able to see that. Once he loses control of his wife in the water and flushed out we can see Rick holding the rucksack again.

vinoth2803

Corrected entry: After Evie has been taken from her house, Rick, Ardeth, Jonathan and the kid run to get the car and give chase. As they get round the corner of the house they all stop running and are just walking to the car. As they have only run a a few paces they can hardly be worn out but since this is an emergency why do they stop running? (00:32:55)

Kara

Correction: Not a mistake. Rick and Jonathan jumps off from the bathroom and sees that Evy was abducted and taken away by the bad guys. They start running towards the car but the bad guys was shooting towards Rick and Jonathan, they hide themselves from the bullets and sees "Evy" is out of reach to give the chase. Then Ardeth comes near them and they start walking together towards the car.

vinoth2803

Corrected entry: In the scene where Alex is escaping the train, he has to pull the emergency stop cord to make the train stop and even Imhotep is surprised that the train is stopping. However, their destination was Karnak so that Alex could see the next step of the journey. As Alex enters the ancient city, the bracelet reacts and he sees the next step, thus, they are at Karnak. Shouldn't the train have been stopped or in the process of stopping already without Alex pulling the cable if they had reached their destination? (01:02:00)

Correction: That depends entirely on where Imhotep & co. were planning to stop! The entire Karnak Temple Complex is a VAST area, the size of a small city. It's possible that the train had just reached the outskirts of the complex, but still had a bit to go before reaching the station itself (which would be in the nearby village of El-Karnak, but not necessarily near the ancient complex), or that they were planning to stop somewhere else on their way past the complex. Most likely, they would try to avoid suspicion by going past the complex and to the station, like a normal train would.

Twotall

Corrected entry: In her visions, Evie is shown to be Nefertiti, with Seti I being her father (or whatever he is surposed to be). However, the visions are set in 1290 BC, in the 19th Dynasty. That's correct in terms of Seti I, but Nefertiti is from the 18th Dynasty and is believed to have lived between 1370-1330 BC, over 200 years before Seti I.

crickey78

Correction: She is not Nefertiti, but Nefertiri. A different person with an almost-identical name. And even if the names WERE identical, she is always meant to be an unknown princess from the 19th dynasty, never the famous wife of Akhenaten.

Twotall

Corrected entry: Jonathan is unable to start Rick's car as the key breaks off in the ignition. In 1933, no cars would have ignition keys as the starter motor wasn't invented until 1936.

Correction: The electric self-starter first appeared on Cadillacs in 1912; it was invented by Charles Kettering. I have personally ridden in a 1929 Model A Ford with both a dash-mounted ignition switch and an electric self-starter. Both were standard equipment. The starter was actuated with a foot pedal, but the ignition switch had to be "on" for the starter to work. Just because the car has a dash-mounted ignition switch does not mean said switch controls the starter, but if the switch was inoperative, the starter would not work.

Corrected entry: If Rick received his Maji tattoo when he was a kid in the orphanage, there is no way that it would look as good as it does as an adult. Just his body growing would have stretched the tattoo considerably.

Rollin Garcia Jr

Correction: This is not a mistake. Rick doesn't specify how old he was. He could have been 16 in the orphanage, in which case his body was very close to full grown, thus not changing the tattoo much.

Corrected entry: In the flashback scene where Nefertiri is looking out the balcony when her father is murdered, the dialogue is different from that in the beginning of The Mummy.

Correction: First off, this flashback is from Evie's point of view. So it's a matter of how she recollects it. Second, it's a flashback from another life, thousands of years ago. Understandable that she might not remember every minor detail, her main recollection is her father's murder.

Corrected entry: In the first movie, Anack-su-namun is already established as pharaoh's wife. However, in the second one, the pharaoh says that she is soon to be his wife.

Correction: No, she was the Pharaoh's favourite mistress in the first film. They were never married.

Twotall

Corrected entry: In the scene where they enter the museum, and begin fighting, Brendan fires a shot from his shotgun, and you can see one of the shells being extracted jams his shotgun. (00:39:46)

Correction: Unless he somehow fires the gun despite the jam (which he doesn't), then this isn't a mistake. Gun jams happen in real life, so why can't it happen here?

Corrected entry: Another timeline mistake - when Anck-sun-Namun is convincing the three henchmen to open the chest on the train, one of them says four men opened the very same chest nine years ago, referencing the four Americans from the first movie, which was in fact seven years ago (The Mummy took place in 1926 and The Mummy Returns took place in 1933, thus seven years' difference).

Correction: Character mistake.

Phixius Premium member

Continuity mistake: In the British Museum, when Rick and Ardeth are saving Evie, Rick gives her a .45 pistol and they start to shoot the guards, her pistol fires once and the slide locks back meaning the pistol had no ammo, but she keeps firing as if the magazine was still full. (00:39:47)

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Rick O'Connell: Knowing my brother in law, he probably deserves whatever you're about to do to him. But this is my house, and I have certain rules about snakes and dismemberment.

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Trivia: In the tomb, Alex knocks over the columns the same way Evie knocked over the bookcases in "The Mummy."

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