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Tyger Tyger (film)

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Tyger Tyger is a 2021 psychedelic road movie/love story written and directed by Kerry Mondragon in his directorial debut. It stars Dylan Sprouse, Sam Quartin, Nekhebet Kum Juch, Thea Sofie Loch Naess, Craig Stark, Eden Anne Brolin, Alma Martinez, and Max Madsen. Filmed on location in Southern California’s Slab City and Bombay Beach, the film gathered notoriety because it uncannily portrays a mysterious pandemic yet was filmed just before the 2020 Covid pandemic broke out. Its woman-centered plot revolves around Blake, a young outlaw woman (Sam Quartin), who robs a pharmacy of pandemic drugs to distribute among the renegade outcasts of Free City. Accompanied by her mute sidekick Bobby, she kidnaps a junkie (Dylan Sprouse) during their escape to the dystopian paradise, and they fall in love. The band encounters surreal challenges as they descend into the underworld of Free City and are betrayed and pursued as they struggle with their love and drug addictions.  


  • Sam Quartin as Blake
  • Dylan Sprouse as Luke
  • Thea Sofie Loch Naess as Emerald
  • Craig Stark as Joe
  • Eden Brolin as Tammie
  • Nekhebet Kum Juch as Bobby
  • Max Madsen as Cole
  • Alma Martinez as Doctor Rosa
  • Barbara Palvin as Eggzema


An outlaw woman and her gang robs a pharmacy of its pandemic meds in order to distribute the meds in an anarchic Free City in the Southern California Desert. During her escape, she kidnaps a junkie and they fall in love on the lam, finding themselves trapped in the fringe lands of a psychedelic city beyond the law.

The film contains multiple references to William Blake and The Wizard of Oz.


Tyger Tyger was filmed at Slab City, an anarchic off the grid squatter city build on an abandoned military base in the Sonoran Desert and populated by "anarchists, artists, drug addicts, eccentrics, outcasts, retirees, and the impoverished." Filmed on an ultra-low budget, it has been nevertheless been compared to Nomadland since it features performances by non-actors in their natural environments.[1]


The film received near universal acclaim for its cinematography and woman-centered story line.[dubious ] On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an average rating of 3.9/10 based on reviews from seven critics.[2] It received mixed reviews from critics, ranging from "a stunning ode to art",[3] to praise for its ensemble acting[4][full citation needed] and direction, "Mondragon commands the material with firm hands, announcing the rise of a fresh, invigorating contemporary auteur",[1] to a "boring, incoherent mess".[5] Hollywood Review described the film as "A beautifully constructed film, Tyger Tyger nevertheless suffers from a distinct lack of narrative direction and clarity that makes it a tough viewing prospect."[6] Leslie Felperin in the Guardian commented that, "(T)he film-makers are lucky poor old William Blake’s work is out of copyright, otherwise his heirs (were any to be found) would have a good reason to sue."[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Costa, Roger (2021-02-24). "A Pandemic Psychedelic Road Trip Scarily Timely". Brazilian Press (in português). Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  2. "Tyger Tyger (2021)", Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2021-04-01
  3. "Dylan Sprouse's 'Tyger Tyger' Is A Stunning Ode To Art". Hollywood Insider. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  4. "Tyger Tyger with Kerry Mondragon, Sam Quartin, Craig Stark, Nekhebet Kum Juch, & Max Madsen", In Creative Company, retrieved 2021-04-01 – via YouTube
  5. Sobczynski, Peter. "Tyger Tyger movie review & film summary (2021)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  6. "StackPath". www.thehollywoodnews.com. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  7. "Tyger Tyger review – spaced-out apocalypse chic in pandemic thriller". the Guardian. 2021-06-21. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  8. "StackPath". www.thehollywoodnews.com. Retrieved 2021-08-09.

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