Ed Harris shines in Kodachrome

Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has a new film hitting cinemas this week in a role that should be equally as awards-worthy.

The film is called Kodachrome and also stars Elizabeth Olson and Jason Sudeikis.

This film from the get-go is owned by Harris. Even when he's not on screen you can still sense his presence, simmering and festering with rage and regret, and I'd argue he has never been better than he is in Kodachrome.

The first important thing to note is that there isn't anything particularly fresh about this premise. We've seen this done before and we've certainly seen it done better.

But it's testament to Harris and his two co-stars, Olson and Sudeikis, that they lift this otherwise mostly pedestrian material into a very engaging and watchable outing.

Matt hasn't spoken to his father Ben in a decade, but is called to his house to find his father in the final stages of cancer. 

It's soon clear the dying man wishes to atone his patriarchal sins and make his peace before he does.

Ben is a famous photographer. He's spent more of his life on the road taking pictures of strangers than home with family. To call him disagreeable would be an understatement, but armed with an ulterior motive, Matt agrees to drive Ben and his nurse, Zoe, halfway across the country to Parsons, Kansas.

This is a roadie to redemption story - their mission to develop his last four remaining rolls of Kodachrome film before the last photo lab closes up shop.

Expect the expected here - the fact you can see your destination before you hit the freeway means you don't need a map; you can just settle in and soak up the scenery, the sounds and the company.

He might never actually take the wheel, but you're in good hands knowing Ed Harris is driving this story safely home.

Three-and-a-half stars.