Written by Mr. Mouseburger 2nd Jun 2005
The Predator is an extra-terrestrial hunter, who values the sport afforded by a worthy adversary above all else.
For this reason, it eliminates its prey in a manner befitting it, i.e. the more of a challenge you prove to be, the more of a chance it will give you.
This is fortunate for Dutch, as he is a genuine 80s action superhero, and earns himself some real alien respect by evading the Predator and injuring him with a makeshift bow and an explosive charge.
The hunter has already taken minor damage from gunfire from earlier skirmishes, but this explosion knocks out the reactive camouflage feature of its body armour, and it is forced to proceed, for the first time, fully visble.
Ironically, it is at around this time that Dutch realises that the creature sees in the infrared spectrum, so he can turn himself almost invisible by coating his body with cool, wet clay.
Tracking his adversary by its luminescent green blood, Dutch seemingly corners it in a cave, but the Predator is still fearsome even when injured. It slashes and beats him for a while, before stopping dramatically and throwing its blaster and helmet away. The message is clear, Dutch has earned himself the ultimate honour - he will be killed by the Predator without any help from gadgets.
This gives the muscle bound human a fighting chance, but really, not much of one. The Predator still overmatches him in strength and damage inflicting potential, and Dutch gets smacked about all over the jungle.
There is method to the way he receives his beating though, and he manages to lead his foe to a highly sophisticated trap mechanism he has camouflaged in a ditch. Too smart to be caught by such a primitive trap, the Predator decides to simply walk around the ditch and avoid the obstacle.
However, fortune favours the American Special forces guy, as he notices the Predator has now placed himself directly under the trap's counterbalance. Dutch springs the trap, and the alien is smashed into Terra Firma by a huge log.
Dutch breathes a huge sigh of relief, but then hears his tormentor is still alive. He picks up a large stone and prepares to cave in the Predator's skull for good.
...but then he stops. The alien is clearly mortally wounded and there is no need to despatch it in such a way. Perhaps he is suffering from some kind of strange Stockholm Syndrome and empathises with the hunter's warrior code, or maybe he just doesn't want to get glowing green blood splattered over him.
The Predator, finally beaten, still has one surprise to give our hero though, and sets off a timed explosion from a device on his arm. The time frame before detonation is just enough for a man at full sprint to get out of the blast radius. Again, this might be a further subtle insight into the alien's warrior ethos (giving its killer a chance of escape) or it could just be a rather crap design fault by the manufacturer.
Old Bluffer's nit-picking
I really hated the cliched laughter they gave the Predator when he set off his very cool looking self-destruct device. Surely they could have concocted some alien sounding laughter instead? As it is, it sounds like someone's sad old uncle doing an impression of a Bond Villain.