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Take Shelter has all the ingredients for a perfect US blockbuster—but will it play so well in Britain?

Survival guides always sell well in the USA. Perhaps it is part of the true American dream: one man, possibly holding a gun, protecting his family and his patch of soil. Or perhaps it is the Protestant obsession with linear narratives that end in a day of reckoning. Whatever it is, the idea that an honest US citizen might one day have to fend for himself, abandoned to the…

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