The American TV broadcaster HBO has revolutionized television with its spectacular series that are popular all around the world. They have started with classics such as The Sopranos or The Wire and now they are still working to reach perfection. While everyone knows Sex and the City or Game of Thrones today, one TV show made in 2011 is less known. The TV Show Luck tells about the world of horse racing like no other show has ever done. An exceptional director, a great cast, and the captivating implementation of the demanding script make “Luck” worth seeing even today.
A Promising Team
The basic requirements for the beginning of “Luck” were high expectations. HBO had hired Michael Mann who is called one of the most innovative directors of the current history of cinema. He had created a revolutionary and very popular series “Miami Vice” in his early days. His films such as Heat, The Insider, and Collateral were all exceptional.
Together with David Milch, he was responsible for the implementation of this project. David Milch was known as the inventor of the series “Deadwood” and received a lot of respect for his finely honed and subtle dialogues. The actors that HBO wanted to hire for “Luck” were only the best ones also. Dustin Hoffmann played the former Ganster Chester “Ace” Bernstein, and Nick Nolte convinced as the horse whisperer Walter Smith. Other well-known faces such as Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick, and Jill Hennessy also appeared on the screen.
Pictures You Will Never Forget
The central location of “Luck” is California. The series not only offers a snappy and realistic look behind the scenes but also convinces with breathtaking racing scenes. As always, director Michael Mann attaches great importance to atmosphere, music, and attitudes. He manages to immerse himself masterfully in the world of jockeys, owners, and players. Here their paths are crossing in the world of horse racing. The storyline is full of worries, fears, entertainment, melancholic portraits of a closed society, and intrigues. At the center of the story are the losers, who are chasing the big win to make a new life for themselves.
The Welfare Of The Horses Came First
Luck caused a sensation right at the start in the USA. The audience and critics were thrilled. HBO extended Luck for the second season. Filming started on schedule and they already shot the first episode of the second season when a horse died in an accident, so HBO needed the emergency break. After that, HBO decided to stop producing the series in order to not cause any other danger for the horses in the future. In a statement, the producers announced that further accidents, despite the highest safety measures, cannot be fully ensured. The story about the Santa Anita racecourse came to an early end. The activists of animal rights supported the decision of HBO, so the story of “Luck” never came to an end.