The narration of the film is, as it was in
The Mummy, spoken by Ardeth Bay, portrayed
by actor Oded Fehr.
The opening scenes of
Mathayus' rule as the Scorpion King are stated to take
3067 BC. He is said to have been in battle with the army of Thebes for
seven years before being driven into the desert, defeated.
Mathayus and his army are said to have finally been driven off into
the desert of Ahm Shere. This appears to be a fictional region of
the Sahara desert.
Mathayus makes an unholy pact with Anubis to be given victory over
Anubis was the jackal-headed god of the afterlife and mummification
in ancient Egypt.
When Mathayus grabs the scorpion at 3:18 on the DVD, he seems to
allow it to sting him several times. He may be immune to the venom
due to the poisoning from scorpion venom he suffered at the hands of
Memnon and for which he was treated by the sorceress Cassandra, as depicted
in The Scorpion King.
As the camera pans across the screen over the burning city of Thebes
at 4:03 on the DVD, notice that two people are being thrown from the
top of a temple by Anubis' warriors.
At 4:16 on the DVD, notice that the eyes of Anubis' statue in the
background light up just as he takes Mathayus to the underworld to be
forced to serve him there.
It would seem that the part of the city seen when the Anubis
warriors conquer Thebes and then fall back into sand themselves was
never reinhabited. Notice that the obelisk we see fall during the
battle is still laying in the sands millennia later in 1933 AD.
(Although the abandonment theory is belied by the fact that Evie has
visions of her past self, Nefertiri, being in at least one of the
chambers of the temple during her life millennia ago.)
In this film, it does not appear that Rick has the small tattoo on
the back of his right hand that was seen in
The Mummy. Instead, of
course, he does have the Medjai tattoo on his wrist, normally hidden
by his leather wrist guard.
At 6:11 on the DVD, when Alex gives his father a scare, it seems as
if he is somehow almost as tall as his father. But when the boy
falls and Rick helps him up, a granite block can be seen next to him
that he must have been standing on.
The temple engraving on the wall at
7:03 on the DVD looks as if it could
be a depiction of the ceremonial
Anck-su-namun and Nefertiri later on in the movie. But if this part of
the city was abandoned after its
fall from the attack of Anubis
warriors as speculated earlier, the
engraving couldn't be of that
actual battle since it takes place
almost 2,000 years later.
The snake that Evie kicks away from herself at 7:15 on the DVD is
probably meant to be a species of the venomous Old World coral
snake. The colored banding of Old World coral snakes is more
difficult to identify from harmless mimicking snakes than the New
World variety, but most likely the snake used for the shot was a
harmless king snake.
At 9:01 on the DVD, it appears that Alex has taken his
father's earlier advice and is attempting to "build a better
mousetrap". The phrase is generally attributed to Ralph Waldo
When Evie sees the vision of herself as Nefertiri sealing the vault
containing the Bracelet of Anubis, two guards are sealed in with it!
Their two desiccated bodies are still standing there when Evie and
Rick open the vault in 1933.
At 11:57 on the DVD, notice that one of the three bandits must have
smashed Alex's mousetrap; the small structure is now flattened!
At 12:04 on the DVD, Alex appears to be using a wrist-rocket type of
slingshot to harass the thieves. But the wrist-rocket was not
invented until the 1950s. Possibly the one seen here is intended to
have been designed by Alex himself since he is depicted as extremely
intelligent and inventive (though the device sure looks like a
modern day version, such as the official Wrist-Rocket made by
At 14:04 on the DVD, we can see more clearly that the Bracelet of
Anubis features the form of a scorpion with Anubis' head.
When the thug Jacque slides down the ladder at 15:15 on the DVD, he
is wearing gloves that protect his hands; in all other scenes he is
The scene at 15:43 of the temple pillars falling like dominoes is a
callback to the scene of the falling library bookshelves in
At 16:29 on the DVD, we see the
engraving on the temple wall that
Alex spoke of earlier, which is the
same symbol as the tattoo on his
father's right wrist.
Excavators are seen digging up Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead. The
ancient, lost site was buried underneath the sands at the end of
Why have the Medjai not stopped the excavation of Hamunaptra?
Shouldn't that be one of their main directives since they are
supposed to prevent Imhotep from rising from his tomb?
At 19:36 on the DVD, the cultists working with Baltus Hafez are seen
using flame-throwers to eradicate the carnivorous scarabs that
emerge from one of the dig pits. This suggests they had
foreknowledge of what to expect from the cursed city.
The cultists are dressed in red and black turbans and robes that are
very similar to what was worn by King Memnon's men in
The Scorpion King.
The excavation worker holding the rope on the right-hand side of the
screen who is pushed aside by Hafez as he rushes through at 20:09 on
the DVD is the disguised Ardeth Bay.
The gun pulled by the cult member at 20:44 on the DVD
appears to be a Mauser C-96, a semi-automatic pistol
manufactured by the German company Mauser from 1896-1937.
This weapon was also the basis for
Han Solo's blaster in the Star
Wars series. (However, when the
scene briefly switches to a wider shot, it is not the same gun!)
|Cult member's gun
Blastech DL44, Han Solo's blaster
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At 21:27 on the DVD is a false image of London, England, where the
O'Connell family lives. In the image we see the
Ben, and St. Paul's Cathedral. But, in the real world, these three landmarks are not all
within sight of each other as depicted here.
In London, we see that the O'Connell's live in a large mansion,
bought with the wealth gained from the Hamunaptra artifacts left in
the camel bags by Beni at the end of
During her discussion with Rick about whether to search for the
Oasis of Am Shere, Evie tells him that the legendary Scorpion King is
said to awaken just once every 5,000 years to command Anubis' army.
This helps to set up the Scorpion King's appearance in Ahm Shere
later in the film since the 20th Century AD is roughly 5,000 years
from his fall in 3060 BC as seen at the beginning of the film.
After Evie tells him about the Scorpion King's foretold reawakening,
Rick guesses that if someone doesn't then kill him, he will wipe out
the world. Evie asks how he knew that and he responds, "I didn't.
But that's always the story." Is Rick simply talking about the legends of
ancient Egypt (and other civilizations) he's heard of or is he speaking
of past adventures other than just the one they lived through in
The Mummy? He could be
referring as well to the (never completed) story of
"Valley of the Gods". Might
Rick also have other, untold, adventures in his past?
Evie tells Rick that the last known expedition to reach Ahm Shere
was sent over 3,000 years ago by Rameses IV. Rameses IV was the Pharaoh
of Egypt in the range of 1155-1145 BC. She also says that Alexander
the Great, Caesar, and Napoleon also all sent expeditions to find
it; these three were all real world rulers of the Greek, Roman, and
French empires, respectively.
A painted portrait of a man is seen
hanging over the staircase in the O'Connell mansion at 22:51 on the
DVD. Possibly it is intended to be that of Evie's father, Howard
Carnahan. Her father was based on the real world explorer Howard
Carter (1874-1939), best known for his discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb
Trying to convince Rick to look for the Oasis of Ahm Shere, Evie
says to him, "Did I mention there was a pyramid of gold?" to which
Rick answers, "Twice." But we never heard her mention the pyramid even
Rick tells Evie that her recent strange dreams started exactly six
weeks ago, on the day of the Egyptian new year, the Year of the
Scorpion. The ancient Egyptian calendar is believed by some to have
started on what would be July 20 in our modern Gregorian calendar,
with the heliacal rising of the star Sirius in the night sky. This
may indicate that Evie's first strange dream occurred on July 20,
1933 and the current date of the scene is six weeks later, August
Oddly, Rick had a precognitive dream about the Scorpion King
six years earlier, in 1927, in "Valley of the Gods".
None of the known Egyptian calendars use animals to name the
years; the reference to the Egyptian Year of the Scorpion appears to be a fictional addition for the sake of the
When Evie tossed the Bracelet of Anubis back into its chest at 14:26
on the DVD, the bracelet was in its closed position. But when Alex
opens the chest later at 24:23, it is in the open position. It may
be that the clatching sound heard by Alex before he opened the chest was
the bracelet opening itself so that someone would put it on and thus
see the magic, hologram-like map pointing out the steps to the Oasis of Ahm Shere
in order to
instigate the awakening of the Scorpion King.
When Alex activates the map by putting on the Bracelet of Anubis at
24:38 on the DVD, the face of Mathayus, screaming, is the first image
seen, very briefly.
Evie remarks that the Bembridge scholars have been begging her to
run the British Museum. This is a callback to
The Mummy, in which
those same scholars were said to have rejected her application due
to lack of experience. Obviously, she is now well-known for
her experiences in Egypt.
The British Museum was established in 1753 and
is one of the most prestigious museums in the world. However,
neither Bembridge School nor its scholars have ever had any
significant role in running the museum.
When Jonathan is ambushed in his room at the O'Connell mansion by
Hafez and the cult members, he says, "If you work for Johnny, I was
going to pay him back on Tuesday." This may be a reference to the
character of Wimpy who appeared in the Thimble Theater
comic strip (best known for the character of Popeye the Sailor),
whose catch phrase "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger
today," became well-known beginning in 1932. Presumably, "Johnny" is
the name of a bookie or loan shark to whom Jonathan owes money.
At 27:16 on the DVD, notice in the background that Jonathan has
apparently used a bust in his room as a holder for a hat and tie.
Trying to throw the cultists off the trail, Jonathan tells them he
thinks Evie "went off to Baden-Baden or Tibet or something."
Baden-Baden is a town in Germany known for its natural spring baths.
Tibet is currently an autonomous region within China.
Meela threatens Jonathan and Rick with an Egyptian asp. These are
venomous vipers from the deserts of North Africa.
The O'Connells and Jonathan seem to have just arrived at the
mansion, yet there are already fires burning in the fireplaces of
the living room and Jonathan's room. Not to mention a full bath
has been drawn in
Jonathan's bathroom; notice also that a bottle of champagne is chilling
in a bucket on the rim of the tub at 30:18 on the DVD, so Jonathan
probably intended to share a sensual bath with his lady friend! I
guess the house must have servants working for the O'Connells who
prepared things ahead of time for the residents' return.
When they first meet in the O'Connell mansion, Ardeth Bay and the
warrior Lock-Nah seem to already know each other before doing
At 29:35 on the DVD, notice that Rick's hat is still on the floor of
the living room where Evie tossed it while trying to seduce him into
going in search of the Oasis of Ahm Shere.
When Evie's swordsmanship against the cultists proves to be greater
than she imagined she tells Alex she has no idea when she learned to
do it. Her skill is presumably a carryover from her previous life as
Nefertiri, whom we later see did have such skills.
At 30:19 on the DVD, the letters SPQR are seen on the sword display
in the O'Connell mansion. SPQR is an abbreviation of the Latin
phrase Senatus Populusque Romanus ("The Senate and People of Rome").
The letters appeared on many documents, coins, banners and other
artifacts of the Roman Empire. (Another SPQR appears among the
skeletons found in the jungle of Ahm Shere at 1:23:25, suggesting
that a Roman contingent also discovered the oasis but were killed
before reaching the temple.)
When Ardeth runs one of the cultists through with his sword at 30:37
on the DVD, you can tell the sword has simply been run through the
space between the actor's arm and torso.
I hadn't noticed before, but at 32:30 on the DVD, we can see that
Ardeth has a tattoo on the back of his hand. Presumably it is a
symbol of the Medjai as the ones on his face are.
Alex says that the vision he saw when he put on the Bracelet of
Anubis was an image leading from Giza to Karnak. Karnak is a complex
of ancient temples just outside the Egyptian city of Thebes.
The exterior of the British Museum
used in the movie is similar but not
the same as the real one.
During the discussion with Ardeth about his wrist tattoo, Rick
reveals that he spent time as a child at an orphanage in Cairo. At
the same time, Ardeth reveals that the tattoo indicates Rick is a
Medjai. Rick denies this, but then how does he know the proper
response to the code phrase given by Ardeth?
Ardeth: If I were to say to you, "I'm a stranger travelling
from the east, seeking that which is lost"?
Rick: Then I would reply that I am a stranger travelling
from the west; it is I whom you seek.
At 39:23 on the DVD, we see that the statuette that Alex had placed
in the chest in place of the Bracelet of Anubis was that of a
baseball player with an engraved label stating "Princeton 1920".
This is presumably a reference to the Ivy League
University in New Jersey, United States; possibly this is an
indication that Rick spent some time as a student and athlete there.
At 40:14 on the DVD, the newly resurrected Imhotep's brain appears
to be jouncing around in his open skull as he moves his head!
Alex yells at his uncle Jonathan that he is only 8 years old. But,
since Rick and Evie only first met in 1926 (in
The Mummy), he could only be 7
years old at the most.
Jonathan accidentally breaks the key off in the
ignition of Rick's car. But cars did not use ignition keys until
1949! Before then, automobile ignitions were either crank or
When Imhotep's warrior mummies chase them out of the British Museum,
Rick chides Evie for trying to block the doors with a bench outside,
saying, "These guys don't use doors." How does he know? Their
previous appearance in
The Mummy did not involve
either using or avoiding doors.
The double-decker bus stolen by Jonathan shows destination signs for
Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, and Marble Arch.
These are all real world locations in London. There is also an
advertisement for the Daily Sketch on the bus. The
Daily Sketch was a conservative British tabloid newspaper
published off and on from 1909-1971, when it merged with one of its
rival tabloids, the
Daily Mail. On the side of the bus is another ad for Brymay
Safety Matches; "Brymay" is an abbreviated brand name for Bryant and
May, a British match manufacturing company.
The side of the double-decker bus says London Transport. This was
the company primarily responsible for providing public transport in
London from 1933-2000; it is now known as
The back of the double-decker bus has an ad stating simply, "Aspro
Stops Pain". "Aspro" is another word for "aspirin". Here, it may
intended as a fictional brand name. There is also an ad
for RCA electronics as revealed by the "His Master's Voice" dog/phonograph
graphic seen there, and, in a later shot, inside the bus.
At 43:18 on the DVD, one soldier mummy crushes the roof of Rick's
car flat simply by running over it. He must be awfully heavy for a
At 43:43 on the DVD, one of the soldier mummies takes out two
Bobbies at once in a split second!
At 44:36 on the DVD, an advertisement for Oxo Cube Beef Extract is
seen. Oxo has
been a brand name of foods in the U.K. since 1899.
At 45:17 on the DVD, on the driver's side exterior of the bus is an
ad for Huntley & Palmer's Biscuits. This has been a real world
biscuit brand since 1822.
Also inside the bus is an ad for
as evidenced by the slogan of the time "Guinness for Strength".
At 46:59 on the DVD, the bus appears to drive over the Tower Bridge.
Anachronistically, it is seen in the modern paint scheme of red, white, and blue in
which it was painted in 1977. Before that it was brown.
Four mummies were seen chasing the bus through London, but only
three are seen to be eliminated. The scene of the fourth mummy's
elimination was cut from the film.
Hafez tells Imhotep that the O'Connells have the Scepter of Osiris
and he seems worried about it. We see later in the film that the
scepter turns into the Spear of Osiris and is capable of killing the
Scorpion King. The Spear of Osiris was also mentioned in
Rise of a Warrior.
In the audio commentary on the DVD, director Stephen Sommers says
that the train in Cairo at 50:12 on the DVD is the same train that
was used in the classic 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia.
From the trip on the train car onward, Meela is wearing clothing that is similar in look
to the painted costuming she wore in her previous life as
When our heroes drive out to Magic Carpet Airways, it appears that Jonathan
is still driving the same car he did in
The Mummy. If that's the case,
he must have a place he keeps it in or near Cairo, since it is there
in both films that we see it, even though Jonathan appears to mostly
live in London at the time of this film.
Izzy implies that he and Rick were involved in a bank robbery in
Marrakesh (a city in Morocco) in the
At 57:19 on the DVD, at Magic Carpet Airways, there is a man reading
a newspaper in a bathtub in the background. (The audio commentary on
the DVD reveals that the man's humming was actually the voice of
director Stephen Sommers.)
Rick cracks a joke with Izzy about surfing in Trinidad. Trinidad is
an island in the Caribbean.
Ardeth's trained falcon is named Horus. In ancient Egypt, Horus was
one of the chief gods and was depicted as having a falcon's head.
The prow of the
slung beneath Izzy's dirigible has the Eye of Horus painted on it.
In ancient Egypt, this symbol was known to be painted on the prows
of boats as a sign of protection to ensure safe travel at sea.
The gondola of Izzy's dirigible has red and blue running lights on
the back, on the port and starboard sides, respectively. This is
similar to modern running lights on aircraft, though the starboard
light is green in modern aircraft.
The disgusting, brown, smudgy handprints in the dirty restroom on
the train at 1:03:35 on the DVD are Sommers' own, according to the
The toilet paper hanging next to the toilet mentioned above appears
to be made up of squares torn from Arabic newspapers.
A train track is shown running right past the Karnak Temple Complex
at 1:04:42 on the DVD. I don't believe there has ever been a track
that ran so close to the monument. There is a train station about 2
miles from it in Luxor.
When she has the vision of herself fighting Anck-su-namun as
Nefertiri, Evie realizes that the strange dreams she's been having
were actually visions of her previous life. Her vision also reveals
that she, as Nefertiri, was the one who called the Pharaoh's guards
(the Medjai) to go to his rescue in
The Mummy, forcing Imhotep to
flee and Anck-su-namun to kill herself.
At 1:14:50 on the DVD, the head of a film crewmember pokes out from
behind a pillar as the camera pans past it.
The sand castle Alex leaves as a clue for his parents tells them
he's being taken to Philae. This is a real world island in the Nile
River which houses an ancient temple with monuments of various ages
dating from 360-180 BC. The sand castle shown is a reasonable
approximation of what the site actually looks like.
The second sand carving clue left by Alex, at Philae, is a
representation of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, one of two temples
carved of stone in the 13th Century BC as a monument to Pharaoh
Rameses II and his queen Nefertari (who was the real world analog of
the Nefertiri character seen in this film!).
At 1:16:22 on the DVD, there appears to be a jet contrail in the sky
Lock-Nah. Obviously this would not have been present in an actual
How did there get to be such a huge army of Medjai in 1933? (See
1:16:50 on the DVD.)
At 1:20:16 on the DVD, a flag is seen hanging on the back of the
wheelhouse on the dirigible's gondola. I haven't been able to
identify the nationality. Anyone know it?
Notice that the river is much lower
after Imhotep has sent the wall of
water after the dirigible.
The dirigible gets blasted with water twice during its flight
through the canyon, but the characters on board all seem to remain
Regarding where he's supposed to get gas for the dirigible in the
middle of the Ahm Shere jungle, Izzy asks Rick if he's supposed to get it
out of "Tarzan's ass". Tarzan, of course, is
the world-famous character of a British boy who was lost in the
African jungle and raised by apes, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912.
According Sommers on the DVD audio commentary, the flight of bats at
1:22:45 on DVD is the same one seen in his 1994 film adaptation of
The Jungle Book.
The scenes of the pygmy mummies taking out the cultists in the tall
grass of the Ahm Shere jungle seems as if it was inspired by the
similar scenes of Velociraptors taking out many of the InGen men in
the Jurassic Park film
According to the DVD audio commentary, the scene of the pygmy mummy
riding the falling log at 1:34:04 is an homage to Slim Pickens
riding the nuclear missile at the end of the 1964 classic film
Dr. Strangelove. I am also reminded of the falling log scene in
the 1933 King Kong.
Obviously the rising of the sun at 1:34:36 on the DVD occurs much
too fast, as Rick and Alex outrace its beams to arrive at the
pyramid before the light touches them.
The scene at 1:37:31 on the DVD seems to indicate that Imhotep,
Anck-su-namun, and Hafez are arriving in the underground chamber of
the pyramid for the first time...yet the torches in the room are
already lit! It's possible the later scene at 1:39:12, where Hafez uses
the Bracelet of Anubis to release the army of Anubis and which also
lights up the torches of the pyramid, was supposed to take place
first but got reshuffled in editing.
From the way he motions the torch over the hieroglyphs at 1:41:37 on
the DVD, we can see that Alex is reading them from right-to-left,
which is correct in this instance. Though Egyptian hieroglyphs could be
written from either right-to-left, left-to-right, or top-to-bottom,
the major determinative of which direction to read is which
direction the asymmetrical glyphs are facing, such as the falcon and
scorpion in the image below. Since they are facing left, the glyphs
are meant to be read from the left-to-right.
According to the DVD audio
commentary, the shot of Imhotep striking the gong at 1:42:49 on the
DVD is an homage to the man
striking a gong at the beginning of
films made by the Rank Organization,
one of Britain's leading film
studios from 1937-1995.
Notice that we first see the engravings of the Scepter/Spear of
Osiris in the background at 1:43:37 on the DVD.
At 1:44:20 on the DVD, notice that the arms of the scorpion statue
jiggle as Rick is pushed against them by Imhotep.
During the final battle in the pyramid, Alex doesn't remember the
Egyptian word corresponding to the stork hieroglyph as he reads
aloud the spell from the Book of the Dead that will allow Evie to
come back to life. Jonathan is able to provide the word, "Ahmenophus".
This is because he also was hung up on the same hieroglyph in
reading the spell that would send Imhotep back to the underworld
until Evie provided it for him in
As the Scorpion King is revealed as a beast with a scorpion's body
and Mathayus' torso and head, his torso on his left side appears to
be half scarred by burns. But his absorption by Anubis at the
beginning of the movie does not seem to indicate a burning nature.
Was there some kind of unseen battle in between the BC scenes and
this 1933 one that brought on the injury?
At 1:49:28 on the DVD, it looks as if there is a cable laying across
the floor during Evie's duel with Meela.
Notice that Meela falls into a pit of scorpions at 1:57:38 on the
DVD, not a pit of flesh-eating scarabs as I had always assumed on
After coming back from the dead, Evie seems to imply she knows what
Heaven looks like.
Revenge of the Scorpion King later reveals that
Jonathan eventually sold the giant diamond he steals from the top of
the pyramid here to a wealthy couple in Oxford, England. It is then
stolen by Nazis and used to bring the pyramid back to the surface of
the Ahm Shere desert in order to resurrect the Scorpion King.
How did Izzy get his dirigible airborne again at the end of the
movie? It's not explained how he managed to do it
without gasoline to provide the flame for the hot air.
Notes from the Audio Commentary on the DVD
Director Stephen Sommers remarks that the scene at 7:19 on the DVD,
where Evie kicks the snake away from her, was lampooned on the MTV
Sommers points out that if you watch closely, you'll notice that in
the London scenes, it's always seen as raining when the characters
are inside, but the rain has always stopped when they're outside!
Since London is pretty much always wet, they had to show rain, but they
didn't want to shoot in rain to save hair and make-up time.
The commentary reveals that Izzy was named after Sommers' dog.
(Apparently the novelization also reveals that Izzy's last name is
Buttons, which also sounds like it could have been the name of
The stony canyon through which our heroes fly before arriving in the
Oasis of Ahm Shere was actually in Petra, Jordan and is the same
canyon used as the Canyon of the Crescent Moon in Indiana Jones
and Last Crusade.
Notes from the "Spotlight on Location" bonus feature on the DVD
Actress Rachel Weisz (who plays Evie) comments on her character's
growth, stating nothing spooky has happened to her since the events
of the first film. We know this is not quite true; Evie
faced some spooks in "Valley of the
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