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"Ninja Assassin" *** (out of four): Gleefully bloody martial arts tribute - about a renegade ninja hunted by his clan - makes "Kill Bill" look like an episode of "7th Heaven".

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Every so often a filmmaker will decide to make the bloodiest movie imaginable. The results are typically messy but fun. "300" and "Shoot 'Em Up" spring to mind as recent examples. For a time, of course, Quentin Tarantino ruled this genre - exemplified by the bravura "Crazy 88s" sequence in "Kill Bill: Vol. 1". Now Wachowski brothers protégé James McTeigue brings us "Ninja Assassin" and, frankly, I didn't think he had it in him. "Ninja" makes "Kill Bill" look like an episode of "7th Heaven".

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