Summer Movie Body Count
''Mission Impossible 2,'' ''Shanghai Noon,'' and ''Dinosaur'' up our tally of summer screen deaths
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!