The prologue examines the entirety of Malick’s career and focuses on the ‘philosophical’ aspects of his work. It makes the points that Malick’s so-called Heideggerian world view was evident even in his early works but surfaced with The Thin Red Line (1998) and then became pervasive with The Tree of Life (2011) and the subsequent films. It makes the point, too, that Malick’s consistent attention to naturalistic sound effects and voice-overs has very much to do with his philosophical position.