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  • It's established then that Evey speaks Ancient Egyptian. So why is it that later when Imhotep is speaking to her and asking her to come with him in exchange for sparing her friends, does she need Beni to translate Imhotep's speech into English?
    • She doesn't — hell, she corrects him later. Beni is doing that because that's his job, and because nobody else there speaks Ancient Egyptian. He's not just speaking to Evey, he's making an ultimatum to her friends.
  • Evey and Jonathan are half Egyptian? Evey tells Rick her father was an adventurer who married her mother who was an Egyptian. Presuming Evey and Jonathan are full siblings, that would be his mother too meaning they're half Egyptian.
    • So your question is?
  • I know it is a religious thing, but why in the name of all things holy, would you ever use the Hom-Dai on anyone? if the chance that they were brought back, which happens in this film, and would of happened eventually anyway, they are super strong, immortal and have the power of the 10 plagues, dude is basically a god, this is despite barring a person from the egyptian afterlife is super easy in traditional lore, all you need to do is cut off a bit, such as a hand, and BAM barred from the afterlife, the egyptian afterlife only like whole people, why go through the hassle of making a curse that makes the victim superpowered?
    • The other Headscratchers page included a theory that the Egyptian gods made the curse that way to make sure it wouldn't get overused. That's a pretty good idea: it doesn't seem to be particularly difficult to perform (just gruesome), so if there wasn't a really good reason for people to stay away, it'd be done to every other criminal or miscreant. He also wasn't just barred from the afterlife - he was specifically said to suffer the entire time. Pretty nasty overall as long as no one woke him up, and even then the guys who used it on him probably figured they'd be long gone to the Field of Reeds.
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    • I figure that the ten plagues and superpowers is a side effect of the curse. You want the victim to be barred from the afterlife and suffer for eternity? Well he'll be a demigod if he's ever woken up. And the thing is, we never have any idea how civilization is going to evolve over the next thousand years. For all we knew, this knowledge was passed down for a while and then forgotten. The sarcophagus was carefully hidden in a sacred place that the average person at the time would know to stay away from.
    • And maybe the curse was designed in such a way to punish anyone who tried to help the victim? The Americans who removed the sacred jars each got drained by Imhotep, and he specifically targeted Evey (the one who read from the book) as his sacrifice to bring Anuck-su-namun back. So if anyone felt sympathetic towards a victim of the curse and tried to bring them back, they'd have to deal with the consequences.
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    • And the gold book was kept in the same location. So clearly they had back-ups and safeguards in place just in case.
  • What is the point of the library scene at the start? Evie never shows such terrible clumsiness elsewhere in the film.
    • You could argue that it's an Establishing Character Moment, not for Evie being clumsy, but impulsive. She sees the book that belongs on the other shelf, so rather than safely coming down the ladder and setting it up to put it in the right place, she does something impulsive without thinking it through - and that results in a big mess. Basically it shows that Evie's impatience and lack of forward thinking will sometimes result in disaster. She reads from the book out loud without considering the warnings from the Medji. So the scene is Foreshadowing a character flaw that will come into play later in the movie.

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