''Mission Impossible 2,'' ''Shanghai Noon,'' and ''Dinosaur'' up our tally of summer screen deaths

By EW Staff
Updated June 09, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

How’d the Grim Reaper spend his Memorial Day weekend? At the movies, like everyone else! In our continuing quest to tabulate the corpses in summer flicks, M:I-2 kept us plenty busy. The Tom Cruise flick featured 30 on-screen deaths, with methods methods ranging from a deadly super-virus to plain old gunfire. Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Noon produced a modest four stiffs — though it does get points for originality: One fatality came from an oyster shell to the jugular. Add to that the total from last weekend’s Dinosaur (six reptilian corpses) and we’re up to 171…with a bullet!