Probably the best one in the series so far. Not so much because of the way all the plotlines of the previous entries connect, but the action feels top of its class, the finale in particular is some adrenaline inducing madness. You should know what to expect by now, but Lin definitely improved on the previous films.
The ninth entry in the main series brings nothing new. The franchise has been leaning into its ridiculousness for quite a while now, and frankly, it's what I like about these films. The only problem is the cruft in between, which can get a bit drab and long in the tooth. Part 9 isn't any different.
The crew gets back together when some tech artifact promises to upset power balances around the world. Some old faces return, some new characters are added in, and at the end there's a big old, insanely over-the-top action scene with a predictable outcome. An easy paycheck for the writers I presume.
Previous entries have set quite a benchmark, it's getting harder and harder to take things one step further. While Lin makes a decent effort, the ending doesn't quite live up to the expectations. There are some very solid action scenes here though, the comedy is a welcome surprise and the cast feels really comfortable at this point. If only they'd keep the middle part a bit shorter.
Fourth part in the Fast and Furious series. The old cast returns, but not all that much has changed. It's still about fast cars, slick action and a little crime appeal. The action is spectacular and keeps you glued to the screen, the rest is adequate but pretty plain and forgettable. Decent filler.
Worthy but flawed
After four films, you should pretty much know what to expect. Some cool car chases, some bad drama and the old cast complete. The problem with part 5 is that it lasts a full 130 minutes. There definitely isn't enough material to warrant such a running time. Not terrible, but too long.