An evil corporation. Immoral experiments. A lethal bioweapon. A killer epidemic. This isn't the WhatsApp rumour mill of how coronavirus originated. This is RE3, Capcom's curiously topical remake of the 1999 schlocky survival horror sequel.
In the wake of last year's terrific RE2 reboot, Capcom can hardly be blamed for attempting to repeat the trick, nor for unwittingly echoing the silliest theories about Covid-19. But RE3 gives Capcom less to work with - the original sequel was rushed and not nearly as layered as its predecessor.
So it is here in the 2020 high-def remake, which rearranges and trims the scares about a cop and a soldier amid a zombie outbreak and majors on a near-indestructible monster known as Nemesis pursuing them.
The opening thrums with menace, and Nemesis is a frightening foe, but much of RE3 takes place in the light and you quickly realise that running away from the monster is an entirely valid strategy.
It's not that it's awful - in fact, it's entertainingly scary in places. But it overemphasises the combat and too few puzzles break up the point-to-point action.
As if to compensate, Capcom bundles an entirely new multiplayer experience called 'Resistance', pitting one player as a horror "director" against four survivors. The director triggers traps, spawns zombies and locks doors while the others try to escape.
It's confusing at first and just a little clunky in its controls but it adds value to a package that otherwise feels lightweight.
(XO/PS4/PC) ★★★ Age: 15+
An evil corporation. Immoral experiments. A lethal bioweapon. A killer epidemic. This isn't the WhatsApp rumour mill of how coronavirus originated. This is The Complex, a live-action TV movie that's nothing like RE3 but instead evokes the branching narrative of Netflix's Bandersnatch.
It's a modest-budget multiple-ending thriller in which a promising new drug is misused and a pair of scientists end up in a bunker trying to unravel its secrets while the oxygen runs out. The two leads are eminently watchable and the script throws out some zingers.
But the plot fizzes by without much help from you and it's all over in 90 minutes, with only an alternate ending (or seven) to look forward to.