Surviving Escobar, Alias JJ (Netflix)

Genre:  Drama, Television
Netflix: August 1, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.66
based on 254 votes and 81 reviews
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Cast: Juan Pablo Urrego, Amparo Grisales, Nicole Santamaría, Juan Pablo Franco, Elkin Díaz


John Jairo (J.J.) Velasquez, also known as Popeye, is Colombian drug lord and terrorist Pablo Escobar's right hand man. In 1992, J.J. decides he doesn't want to die like so many of his comrades, and gives himself up, asking to serve his time quietly. He confesses 250 killings, several kidnappings, terrorism and drug trafficking.

In prison, J.J. finds out that the time he will serve is going to be anything but tranquil, as he suffers beatings at the hands of the guards becomes involved in armed clashes with his fellow prisoners. While J.J. is behind bars, Pablo Escobar is killed. J.J.'s lawyer is also killed. The young man has to face his enemies and use all of his tactics not only to survive, but to regain his status of main crime boss in prison, while also continuing his reign of terror as a feared drug trafficker.

Based on the book Surviving Pablo Escobar: "Popeye" The Hitman 23 Years and 3 Months in Prison by John Jairo Velasquez.

Director: Luis Alberto Restrepo, Jorge Sandoval
Studio: Netflix
Screenplay: Gerardo Pinzon, Jhonny A. Ortiz

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  • 5 stars "This is the far best I have seen. I seriously am looking forward to season2. I have seen many similar to Surviving Escobar Alias JJ and was not satisfy. This is definitely a favourite & is added to my list on Netflix. The main character Popeye ( Juan Urrego) is a fantastic actor keep it up. Netflix should add more of his other shows. ?? #5star all the way."
  • 5 stars "Conspiracy, deceit, survival, instinct, planning, corruption everything was so so good I watched it straight 8/9 hours..too too good"
  • 5 stars "LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW!!! I NEVER sit and watch tv for hours but I literally could NOT turn my tv off!!!! Is there going to be a season two?!"
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