The Mummy Returns

Deliberate mistake: At the beginning, we see the Scorpion King leading his army into battle. However, despite people being stabbed with swords, and slashed, there is no blood on any of the soldiers, nor on their weapons. Kind of hard to believe war was that clean back then. (00:01:40)

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Continuity mistake: During the first battle, the Scorpion King is fighting with his sword in his right hand and his shield in the left. For one instant, they change arms. I assume the film must have been reversed. (00:01:46)

Continuity mistake: The invasion upon the city at the beginning showed the dog headed army pushing over an Obelisk (large granite pillar) which upon impact showed it separate into chunks similar to roman and Greek pillars, but these Obelisks were made of one single slab of granite so it should break and have slithers and chunks come off it. (00:04:10)

Plot hole: The timeline is off. Mummy started in 1923, yes, but it wasn't until three years later in 1926 that Evie and Rick actually met. Mummy Returns takes place in 1933 - only 7 years later, but they've got an 8 year old son. At that, Rick and Evie's son was born the year before they met... (00:04:45 - 00:42:35)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Brendan Fraser is looking around the tunnels he turns around to see his kid and they scream. As they are screaming they are at eye level but when a few seconds later when they are standing the kid is like 2 feet shorter then Brendan Fraser, and if you look around there is nothing for the kid to have stood on. (00:05:55)

Continuity mistake: Right after Alex scares Rick, we see him holding a stick with fire on top. Every time they change camera angles the amount of stick between his hand and the fire changes dramatically. Its not possible to make the stick move up and down that fast with one hand without hurting himself. (00:06:15)

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Revealing mistake: After Rick and Evie find the bracelet the water starts coming after them. There are then shots of the water and then them running. Finally, they stop and hold each other. Shortly after that the wave comes over them. If you notice right before it hits them, it is their doubles you see. Not the actors. (00:14:55)

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Rick and Evie break through the wall together with the water (after their son made the columns fall), you can see that Evie is lying on a skateboard on which she's being pulled forward. (It's a black one, visible when she leans over to Rick.) You can also easily see it under Rick. (00:16:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rick and Eve are hanging from the bars in the flooding tunnel she has her green top on. The water hits them and then they are haning from the bars, but the green top is gone. Then, when the wall breaks and the two of them spill out, she has her green shirt again. (00:16:15)

Continuity mistake: When the bad guys find Imhotep's tomb, a mound of sand starts to rise from the ground. In one shot everybody is backing away from it, in another they're moving closer to the mound. (00:17:55)

Factual error: We get a panoramic view of London with the houses of Parliament, St Paul's Dome and Tower Bridge. The problem is that Tower Bridge has been moved next to the Houses of Parliament (they have put it in place of Westminster Bridge) and it should in fact be not visible at that point but several miles down river. St Paul's is also on the wrong side of the river. If this is where Tower Bridge is in the film then there are no low bridges for the bus to hit in the chase which follows the escape from the British Museum. Were it in the proper place there are quite a few. (00:20:35)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the bad guys ask John Hannah about the bracelet of Anubis (and he has no idea what they're talking about), they throw him on a chair, and one of the guys in red holds a knife to his throat. In the shots from the front, he also grabs John Hannah's hair with his other hand, in almost all of the shots from behind, he doesn't. (00:25:50)

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Factual error: In the beginning when Anck Su Namun is holding the black snake and says "Egyptian asps are very poisonous." The snake she is holding is a Mexican Black King Snake, a species native to Mexico and commonly kept as a pet in the U.S. (00:26:30)

Continuity mistake: In the first movie Ardeth Bay has tattooed on his forehead a bunch of hyroglyphs, one of which is a half moon shaped heiroglyph, but in this movie he is missing the half moon shaped tattoo. (00:29:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Rick is trapped in the bathroom, he finds John underwater in a bathtub full of suds. As John climbs out of the tub, his body naturally is covered in suds. However, when he and Rick jump out the window and start running away, John's body is completely suds-free. (00:30:15)

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Revealing mistake: In the scene when Rick and John are pinned down in the lavatory by machine gun fire, if you look at the stained glass window before they jump through it, it is smooth but just before they jump through it it is textured like break-away glass. (00:31:40)

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Brendan Fraser and John Hannah are hiding from the gunshots behind the fountain you can see the little charges which make the sparks. And if you shoot at something stone, large chunks are sure to come off. (00:32:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene after the bad guys kidnap Evelyn and Ardeth shows the picture of Mr. Hafez, Jonathan has his hand on Alex's shoulder, but in the very next shot when Alex says 'He works at the British Museum', his hand is down. (00:32:45)

Continuity mistake: When Evie is unconscious and being carried on the stretcher, you clearly see her head facing to her left in the close up, when the camera pulls away for a long shot you see her head facing to her right only to be quickly returned to the left for the next close up. (00:34:13)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rick and Ardeth are driving up to the museum to rescue Evy it is raining hard, very hard, yet when they get out of the car to strap on their weapons of choice, there is no rain to be found. Not even dripping off the tree limbs. (00:34:40)

Rick: Right. She's a reincarnated princess, and I'm a warrior for God.
Ardeth Bay: And your son leads the way to Ahm Shere. Three sides of the pyramid. This was all preordained thousands of years ago.
Evelyn: But how does the story end?
Ardeth Bay: Ah, only the journey is written, not the destination.
Rick: Convenient.

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Trivia: When the pygmies fall into the river after they blow up the bridge, look closely. As the right hand end falls into the ravine, one end is glowing from the blast, and one of the pygmies climbs on top of it and rides it down, hand waving, exactly like the scene from "Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb". Must be deliberate, and definitely worth a look.

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Question: After Alex translates the hieroglyphs as "This way to Scorpion King," Jonathan quietly responds by saying "It's just my work." What exactly did he mean by that? He's not a translator of ancient Egyptian like his sister Evie, so I don't think he literally meant "work" as his profession.

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Chosen answer: He says, "this just might work" meaning he and Alex trying to bring Evie back using the book of the dead.

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