In this short film, the Mushroom Kingdom is just a fantasy, and being a hero is harder than it looks.
New York-based creative troupe, Captain Hippo, has reinterpreted everyone's favorite videogame plumbers into the protagonists of a dark and violent drama set on the mean streets of Boston.
The film, called simply The Plumber, has a similar concept to There Will Be Brawl, which appeared on The Escapist back in 2009, but takes it in a different direction.
The Plumber ditches the fantasy elements - turning them into drug induced hallucinations - and sets the action firmly in the real world. Luigi is a simple plumber just trying to get by and support his brother Mario, who is a mentally handicapped drug addict. Peach is a call girl, and Bowser is a vicious thug who breaks the hands of people who cross him. Captain Hippo presents the piece as a trailer for a longer film, although it's doubtful that's really the case.
It's a heck of a lot better than the actual Super Mario Bros. movie - not that that's very hard - and well worth a watch. There's some strong language though, so if you're at work, it might be worth waiting until there's no one else in the office.