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Stilettos and dresses on a two-man five-year mission: you’ve got to be kidding me

Am I the only person who took umbrage at the clothes Victoria wore in the film Oblivion?

I mean, come on. You’re on a five year mission, there’s only ever the two of you, and one of you gets to wear practical coveralls (science-fiction style) while the other wears dresses and stilettos.

You have to be joking.

It looks good, but seriously.

I work from home one day a week. During the day there’s just me and my computer. A bit like Victoria, actually. What do I wear? Socks, a pair of comfortable stretch pants and t-shirts.

Even if they’re the only clothes Victoria has, you tell me she’s going to sit on her own every day for five straight years and not kick off her stilettos. I don’t believe it.

But you know what really gripes me?

Spoilers for Oblivion here, so the rest after the fold.

By the end of the movie we have come to realise that everything about Jack and Victoria’s life has been made up out of things they have said and done while their NASA ship approaches the Tet on a fact-finding mission. “Are we an effective team?”, “Another day in paradise”, the photo on the desk. It’s one of the things that turns a fairly slow movie into something with a bit of depth.

Maybe I missed something, but so far as I can see the alien intelligence only ever gets a chance to observe Victoria in NASA coveralls, like Jack’s.

So where on earth (or is that where in space) did they ever come up with the concept of a dress and heels?


By the way, kudos to Andrea Riseborough as Victoria in this movie. A well-acted part (despite the clothes). I’ve heard she got some stick for her acting, but I think hers was the strongest character in the movie and she did a good job of it.

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