Angela Jolie is impressive as a director. Very good performances. Excellent drone cinematography. Anthony Dod Mantle's best cinematography yet with incredible overhead still drone shots. But those who consider this to be a great or unique work should see Hana Makhmalbaf's 2007 film "Buddha collapsed from shame" which also looks at senseless killings and destruction in Afghanistan from a child's point of view.
Since they're both Netflix original films, I couldn't help but compare this to Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation." This is like a less-adeptly directed version of that. I found myself uninterested for the entire first half of the film due to the strictly passive nature of the characters. There's really no satisfying conflict because no one acts against the antagonists for nearly the whole film.