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?]
Continuity mistake: When Rick and Ardeth Bay save Evie from the warehouse after Imhotep is resurrected, there are four mummies chasing them when they get on the double-decker bus. Rick shoots one of the mummies and "kills" it. He shoots another one in half and goes to the top of the bus to fight another one. The top portion of the mummy that got shot in half then fights Ardeth Bay. Evie kills the mummy that got shot in half and the top part of the bus gets torn off by the bridge and kills the mummy Rick is fighting. John stops the bus and they all sign with relief. Whatever happened to the fourth mummy chasing them?
00:43:20 - 00:46:40
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.
Continuity mistake: Before Fraser and the gang reach the Oasis, the falcon is sent back to the human army that is advancing in order to stop the Anubis horde. There are literally tens of thousands of men advancing. Yet after the first battle with the Anubis warriors, the human force is decimated. Only a ragged line of warriors remains for the final charge of the Anubis warriors. But there are no human bodies or horses in the sand.
01:16:50 - 01:52:30
Continuity mistake: In the first movie, Rick (Brendan Fraser) has a tattoo of the eye of Horus on the back of his right hand (easier to see in the theatres than on the video, but if you look closely you can see it several times throughout the film). However, in the sequel the tattoo is gone and now he has that tattoo on his forearm, which he didn't have in the first one. Considering the time period, tattoo removal wasn't possible.
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
Revealing mistake: In the visions of Nefertiri scene where Nefertiri is fighting Anck-su-Namun back in ancient Egypt, Evie (Nefertiri) gets knocked to the floor and when she lifts her mask up you can see on her right index finger is a band aid/plaster. Did they have plasters back in ancient times?
Other mistake: During the first battle between the Medjai and the Anubis warriors there is a part when all of the Anubis warriors start to get killed off. You can see a Medjai jog across the bottom of the screen from right to left with his sword held out. He runs into an Anubis warrior at the bottom left hand side of the screen and he turns to sand. It's obvious that the guy wasn't doing anything and they just edited in a warrior and had him destroyed. You can tell that the direction for these guys was, "Just run across the screen like you're in battle." Some of the guys are real animated and jump and hack, this guy just looks like he's taking a leisurely jog. He doesn't even swing his arm.
Continuity mistake: In the first big catfight between Anck-Su-Namun and Nefertiri (in Seti's throne room), look carefully when Nefertiri is knocked down the first time. Her weapons fall to the ground; however, when she bounds back to her feet, the knives have magically reappeared in her hands.
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.
Visible crew/equipment: When Ardeth, Rick and Evie arrive at the first city where Imhotep took their son, Evie is walking through the hall where she had the vision of fighting with Anuk-Sun-Amun in her previous life. As she's walking past/behind a column, you can see someone's head and shoulder poking out from the back side of the column.
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.
Continuity mistake: When they arrive at the Magic Carpet, in the very frame where the camera is on Rick and you can hear Izzy lock the doors, Jonathan is seen walking towards Rick, and he gets very close to him. The camera then cuts to the locked doors, and when it cuts back to Rick and Evie you can see Jonathan walk all the way from the car door back towards Rick - for a second time.
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.
Revealing mistake: The Anubis Warriors do not leave footsteps in the sand, but they do kick it up when they run. This is especially obvious when the army turns to dust at the end of the movie, leaving a pristine, footprintless desert. One could argue that the dust from the disintegrating Warriors covers the footsteps, but the dust also engulfs the Medjai, whose footsteps are still visible when they cheer.
Visible crew/equipment: You can see this mistake in the double decker bus scene. The bus suddenly turns left (right on the screen cause this is a front take) and hits a car that is parked in the street. If you look closely, you can see that the wheels of the car don't move because the car is mounted on a wheeled surface.
Continuity mistake: During the long shot when the cast are racing across Tower Bridge in the double decker bus, right in the middle of the screen you can see the twinkling lights of a distant skyscraper which looks suspiciously like Canary Wharf, which of course had not yet been built in 1935. Its construction was in fact not completed until 1990.
Factual error: After Evie is stabbed and dies in Rick's arms, if you look closely at her neck, you can still see a pulse in her neck. Dead people don't have pulses. Yes, obviously they couldn't have actually killed her for the shot, but at the same time they shouldn't have had a close-up of her neck either...
Factual error: When Rick and Jonathan (in his mysteriously foam free tux, as noted elsewhere) vault over the fence outside Rick's house, a thug is firing at them with a machine gun from an upstairs window. Look at the bullet impacts on the top of the fence - some of them could only happen where they do if the bullets had passed straight through Jonathan's body.
Continuity mistake: When we first enter the museum there is a long shot of the resurrection area with Evie at the top of the screen lying on a wooden stretcher. She is conscious and seen moving around to adjust the ropes. In the next shot, she is unconscious and is only woken once she is bumped on the table.
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.
Factual error: Our Heroes are running after the Bad Guys who have kidnapped their "Precocious Kid." They are chasing them in a dirigible. We see them flying across the full Moon. A few nights later, we see them flying across... the full Moon. The phase of the Moon is probably the single most abused astronomy idea in movies (besides sounds in space). The Moon goes through phases as it orbits the Earth. The phase changes every night, and the difference over even two nights is pretty clear. It's possible, just, that over three nights the Moon can be almost full, then full, then a little past full. But usually the Moon is very different over the course of that much time. Really, the phase should have changed quite a bit during the chase.
01:00:25 - 01:22:50
Revealing mistake: During the fight against the Anubis warriors, in one shot you can see two men stab one of them in the chest. The warrior explodes and when the sand clears only one man remains. This is because all of the men were photographed separately and digitally composited together, so one of the computer artists made a mistake and accidentally cut out a character half-way through the shot.
Revealing mistake: When the Nile explodes through the corridor in the beginning, as the villain's goon is running by, you can see the wall suddenly get a little bit lighter in a circular fade pattern. This reveals that two separate images were used, and they were composited together. One day the goon was filmed, then another, the water bursting through was filmed, and the lighting was slightly off.
Deliberate mistake: When Rick and Imhotep battle man-to-man at the end, in one shot above them you see steam blasting from the side of the screen. Problem is that when the angle changes, it's clear that area is just empty space, so the steam came from nowhere. (The DVD commentary mentions that they always had people with flame-throwers and steam-machines right off-screen to blast fire and smoke to make certain scenes more dramatic).
Revealing mistake: During the very first shot of the scene where the heroes arrive in the canyon (during the "Wall of Water" scene), pay attention to the shot carefully as the camera tilts down, as several elements seem out-of-place. When Imhotep steps into frame, the lighting on him doesn't quite match the scenery around him (indicating he was shot against a blue or green screen and added into the shot), and the waterfall in the background moves somewhat unnaturally (slightly jittery if you look closely) towards the end of the shot.
Continuity mistake: When Spivey is "sucked dry" by Imhotep, you can see his face is totally decimated. Yet, when Anck comes in later, his face is totally intact, with only a gray discoloration. An easy way to see this is to look at his lips: as he gets killed, they curl and rot completely off, but they are perfectly present on his corpse.
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.
Continuity mistake: When Patricia Velasquez has her first flashback to her past life, she is in a room with Imhotep. If you look closely at her shoulders in an up close shot, her hair is in front of both of them. Then we cut to a shot of the room from outside (we can see the room through the balcony) and the hair is still over both shoulders. Then we cut to another up close shot of Patricia, and we see that her hair is over her left shoulder, but behind her right one.
Continuity mistake: When Evie gets stabbed by Anck-su-Namun, she falls to the ground with her hands clutching the wound on her stomach. Her hands do not leave her stomach (even though her arms are out of the shot, her shoulders stay still) but in later shots her arms are spread out, away from her body.
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.
Revealing mistake: When Rick realises his destiny to kill the Scorpion King with the spear he backs into the wall with the painting on of a figure with the tattoo on his wrist. We see this is just a big prop because it wobbles as he backs into it, instead of just standing firm like a rock wall should.
Continuity mistake: When Alex is on the scaffolding in the temple, there are the three bandits looking through some old pots and other bits. You see one of the bandits pick up a pot and lean a boat over to the side. When you cut to the scaffolding where Alex is, he does the exact same thing again, he lifts the pot and tilts the boat.
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.
Continuity mistake: When Alex moves the toilet on the train and looks down through the hole there is some water round the side. The camera then goes back behind Alex and you can see the pipe that was conected to the back of the toilet with a steady flow of water leaking out above the hole. The shot then goes back to above the hole and there is no water falling down.
Continuity mistake: When Imhotep is hanging off the ledge at the end, he yells to his woman to help him. After she leaves, he starts to cry. They show him crying and hanging on with his right forearm on the ledge, then it cuts to a shot of Rick and Evie, then back to Imhotep, but now he is using his left forearm to support himself. Potentially he could have swapped arms, but he doesn't show any sign of having shifted his weight, and it happens really quickly.
Factual error: In the bus chase scene the 'prewar' bus has fleetnumber LT1097. Actually it's a postwar RT-class AEC Regent III bus built circa 1950. Although the LT class AEC Renown was a prewar class of London bus, these had three axles, two at the back. And - for the record - LT1097 did exist, but it was a 'Scooter' type single decker.
Continuity mistake: After they've kidnapped Alex on Tower bridge, they raise it to aid their getaway. The next shot is of Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun standing looking over the city from a balcony - you can see the bridge, and it's lowered. You might think that that shot takes place a while afterwards, and the bridge has since been lowered, but then it goes back to Rick and Evie, and you can both see and hear the bridge lowering back into place.
Continuity mistake: During the scene when Imhotep controls the water and raises it up he starts with straight arms, as shown in the shot with his back facing the camera. However in the next several shots showing him from the front he has bent arms, then straight arms from the back again.
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