The Mummy Returns

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 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: 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.


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.


Corrected entry: Imhotep calls the temple of Karnak by it's modern Arabic name. He should have called it 'Apat-Suwt' which was it's name in Ancient Egyptian.

Correction: "Mistakes" of this type - and the standard correction - are so common on this site that they should have their own category. Films are shot in a language that can be understood by modern audiences, in this case Arabic (and English). Ancient Egyptian vanished from the earth 3,000 years ago and nobody even knows how it was pronounced.

Corrected entry: Near the end when Rick stabs the Scorpion King with the Spear of Osiris, the spear stops Rick from falling. This is impossible because the spear is so smooth it should just slide back out.

Correction: Even smooth spears gain purchase when stabbed into something, ESPECIALLY if it's alive, muscular and active. Alive things are always slightly tense. Muscles are dense. Active muscles are tenser, meaning that they would've contracted around the spear. (That's why its so hard for stabbed people to get daggers out).

Corrected entry: When Imhotep is brought back and the dark-haired woman introduces herself, she claims to be Anck Su Namun reincarnated. This wouldn't have mattered in the slightest to Imhotep as the ancient Egyptians didn't even believe in reincarnation. This also applies to Evie being the Pharaoh's daughter reincarnated; when Anck Su Namun's spirit is put into the woman's body and she 'becomes' her, she should not have believed Evie to be a reincarnation of the princess.

Correction: Who's to say for certain what can or can't happen in the afterlife? Whatever Imhotep believed in when he was alive, may have been changed by what he learned after his death(s).


Corrected entry: Brandon Fraser's friend pours a glass of brandy for each of them, and then fills the glasses again before either of them has taken a drink.

Correction: I have watched the movie several times and cannot even find the scene this mistake refers to, I believe this mistake was posted under the wrong movie.

Corrected entry: When the mummy and Brendan first see each other (in the warehouse) you see Brendan reload his shotgun, cut to the mummy who yells "YOU", cut back to Brendan reloading his shotgun, smoking cartridge and all. I didn't hear a shot between the first and second reload. (00:39:34)

Correction: There is continuous gunfire in the scene, so you cannot tell if he fired off a shot or not.

Corrected entry: In one of the shots of the guy putting out his arm to catch the magi's messenger bird (its the shot of the man standing in front of the army) You can see a red rubber glove on the man's hand to stop the claws of the bird scratching him.

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Correction: Actually, this makes sense. Anyone would want to wear protective clothing when dealing with animals with claws/talons.

Corrected entry: Rick enters the pyramid looking for Imhotep after his wife Evie is killed by Ankh Su Namum. His son Alex then comes up with the plan to bring her back to life, and he and his Uncle Jonathan then do just that, all without Rick's knowledge. Later, when Rick is busy fighting off the Scorpion King, Evie shows up as if nothing had happened, and he reacts by calling out her name. Shouldn't he be at least a little bit shocked to see his dead wife walking about the place?

Correction: He IS surprised, which is why he called her name in such a desperate and confused way.

Corrected entry: When Ardeth sends Horus back to report to the Med-jai, Horus flies over the bad guys and is seen by Lock-Jaw. Tell me this: If they were following the bad guys and the Med-jai were following them, how did Horus fly over the bad guys? They were in the opposite direction he was supposed to have gone. (01:16:30)

Correction: While in the canyon, the heroes - who are traveling by air - pass the bad guys - who are traveling by land. When they pass, Imhotep sends the water elemental after them. The heroes then enter the valley - ahead of the bad guys. Because they are ahead of the bad guys Horus has to fly past the bad guys thus giving them a chance to take out the bird.

Corrected entry: When Rick saves Evie from being thrown into the fire in the museum, he cuts the ropes that are binding her hands and feet. The ropes are still left around her wrists and ankles, but she can now run. For the next several minutes, as they are fighting the Mummy and his armed guards, her bindings appear and disappear. When Rick and Evie run from the museum and she stops to pull the bench in front of the doors, all of the ropes are completely gone.

Correction: Evy takes off the bonds offscreen in a logical order: after Rick cuts the cross-ties, she removes the rope on her right hand so she can take a gun. Offscreen, the ropes around her legs work loose and fall off, and next time we see her legs they are free. Finally, when she goes up the stairs, the rope on her left hand is gone. It's not impossible for her to get out of the ropes and they never reappear after she has removed them.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the balloon has crashed at the edge of the oasis of Ahm Shere, Izzy complains that he won't be able to get the balloon back in the air because he needs gas, or hot air at a push, neither of which is readily available in a desert oasis. The next we see of him is when he rescues Rick, Evy etc from the top of the pyramid. How exatly did he manage to re-inflate the balloon? It's never mentioned.

Correction: It is never explained, which is why it can't be a mistake. Since we don't know what he did or how he did it we can't argue that he couldn't find the time or the resources.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Factual error: When Brendan Fraser & his son are running to reach the pyramid before the sun hits it, the sunrise line approaches the pyramid along the ground, but the sun would naturally have hit the pyramid at the top first and worked its way down to the ground. [Some people insist on trying to correct this - think of it this way. If the sun's illuminating the ground from way up in the sky, what's keeping something higher up than the ground in darkness?] (01:34:40)

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Suggested correction: Despite the additional comments this posting is wrong. The terminator line - the distinct boundary between sunlit day and dark night - moves horizontally across the surface of the earth, from east to west. It is perfectly feasible for the land behind Rick (i.e. to the east) to be in bright sunlight while the pyramid - to the west - is still in darkness. What is not feasible is anyone outrunning the terminator line, which moves at around 1500 kmh in the latitudes they are in.

Try it for yourself - get a round object, such as a basketball, a map tack and a flashlight. As you shine the flashlight on the ball you will see the equivalent of the day/night terminator line. Now stick the map tack into the ball and slowly rotate the ball with the light still shining on it. As it moves, the terminator moves and the map tack will become illuminated before the surface of the ball at the base of the tack. The light will move down from the top of the tack. The only way it would work as shown in the movie is if everything is exactly flat - with no differences in altitude above the ground. Obviously that is not the case. (Of course, if you don't want to poke holes in your basketball, you can use any combination of something round and something to stick to it.)

The original post is correct. Because of its sheer height, the top of the pyramid would receive direct sunlight first, just as a mountaintop receives sunlight before it appears on level ground.

Charles Austin Miller

It is perfectly possible for a mountain to be in complete darkness and the low lying land nearby to be brightly sunlit if the mountain is to the west and has not yet been reached by the terminator line. I repeat, the terminator line moves horizontally (in all practical terms) across the surface of the earth and as a result anything west of the line will be in darkness regardless of its height and will stay that way until the line reaches it.

Look, you're talking about mountains miles away beyond the terminator (so far away that they would be beyond the range of sight anyway). We are talking about a pyramid, easily the tallest thing in the immediate vicinity, in the near background, only a mile away at most. Under the physical conditions and locations present in this film, the pyramid should be illuminated top-down. Period.

Charles Austin Miller

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Ardeth Bay: By putting this on, you have started a chain reaction that could bring about the next apocalypse.
Rick: [to Ardeth] You, lighten up. [To Alex] You, big trouble. [To Jonathan] You, get in the car.

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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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Answer: He says that it means 'it's as hot as hell'.

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