The good: story, cinematography
The bad: pace of the film could have been faster
There is no getting away from the fact that you will either watch this movie, and feel moved, or you will throw away the DVD in disgust. Mind you, you will do that on the basis of your preconceived notions about the role our/American soldiers played in Iraq, and whether these roles were justified. A film's aesthetic value cannot be separated from it's message, but in this film, the message is so overwhelming, so engulfing, that one finds it hard to separate emotions from objectivity.
The film is loosely based on a relatively lesser known incident that was dubbed '2006 Mahmudiyah killings'. A group of American soldiers, perhaps brutalised by the experience of war, went out and killed the family of a 14 year old girl, and then raped, killed and burnt her body. The crime takes a whole new dimension when one considers the setting: in the heartland of conservative Iraq, where a woman's 'honour' is intricately linked with the family and the wider society's reputation. And rape is the ultimate shaming of the family, society and the national pride.
The film is 86 minutes long, but one must have patience, as I found the film to be on the slow side. However, the cinematography is superb, the setting is authentic (it was filmed in Jordan), and the story telling arresting. If you are willing to watch the film with an open mind, who knows? it might change your views on life.