Dutch crawls into his spike trap and readies himself to set it off when the creature follows him in for the kill, but the predator is no mug. It rumbles his plan and goes around the top way instead, ready to finish him off. Dutch thinks fast and sets off the trap anyway, dropping the heavy log counterweight on its head.
The hunter is pretty much finished, spouting glow-stick blood from its maw. Dutch asks what the hell it is, and the creature responds in kind. He is about to crush its skull with a large rock but decides to show mercy. It thanks him by starting a countdown on its wrist-mounded nuke, laughing maniacally. In a practical sense, the detonation will also stop its tech from falling into human hands.
This seems like a final low-down dirty trick from the creature, which has been using its superior tech to stack the odds heavily in its favor for the entire movie. It is about to die, but it is going to take its adversary out in the process. Or is there something else at play here? It might seem like an act of spite, but an interesting fan theory suggests the creature uses the limited human language it has picked up to show Dutch mercy in kind, warning him that the bomb is about to go off.
“Predator” remains a hugely satisfying movie because it’s a rare Schwarzenegger flick that makes him flesh and blood. Unlike his rival Stallone, who started out playing underdogs in “Rocky” and “First Blood,” part of Arnie’s early aura was that of an indestructible superman. John McTiernan’s movie pulled off the remarkable feat of making him an underdog we could root for.