Fast Five is the best film in the series, I really don't think there's much debate. I see some people rank other one above it occasionally on the forums but those seem to be outliers. It has the best balance of the what the series has to offer. It's like Bad Boys II meets Oceans 11 meets Heat, I suppose. I just re-watched 7 and now I don't know what is the second best movie. I watched 6 without the commentary recently (the guys make the movies seem better than they are for sure) and thought it was tedious and ridiculous besides the last two action sequences. The plot really is just as dumb as 2, it just operates on a world stage and has a couple neat twists. In the last two movies you can tell they came up with the action set pieces first and worked backwards from there on the plot. Watched 7 again last night and it is extremely polished but lacks a soul (besides the farewell to Paul Walker). It's just action sequence after action sequence, and they pack em in. The motivation's not there though, it's just another villain challenging the family and nobody challenges the family. Now Uncle Sam just willingly donates every weapon in the arsenal to help take down supervillains who just happen to be driving around picturesque mountain passes en route to a "blacksite" so they can establish an uplink with an all-seeing spy network. Whew. Need to catch my breath. The writing for Statham's character could have been much better and they wasted Djimon Honsou (as much as you can) on a couple of forgettable confrontations. I think I gotta go with 6, the motivation for everything feels relatively earned, the action cathartic, and the post credits scene is exciting even though what they actually do with it was a let down, kinda reminds me of the ending of Pirates of the Caribbean 2.